[p_ɹ_ˈɛ_s_ɪ_d_ə_n_s], [pɹˈɛsɪdəns], [pɹˈɛsɪdəns]

Definitions of precedence:

  1.   The act or right of going before; superiority in rank. Also, precedency. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Priority; superior rank or importance. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   preceding in time – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4.   State of going or being before; priority; the right to a more honourable place. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   The act of going before in time, rank, dignity or the place of honour; the foremost place in a ceremony; superiority. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for precedence:

  1. It has been surprising to me that so few conservatives have voiced concern over the precedence that are being set in favor of suppression by this so -called conservative administration. – James Bovard
  2. My relationships with my loved ones always take precedence over work. – Lexa Doig
  3. For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. – Richard P. Feynman
  4. Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live. – John Milton
  5. To walk behind others on a road you are traveling together, to give precedence to others without envy- this is painful for an individual and painful for a nation. – Gustav Stresemann

Usage examples for precedence:

  1. She had given due reverence to persons older than herself; it was the fashion in those days; she had acknowledged a certain social precedence in ladies who were leaders of society and heads of families; she had never had such a feeling of being set down, as before this young, pure, stately creature. ” – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  2. That which has the precedence in value has not the precedence in time. ” – Problems of Poverty by John A. Hobson
  3. The others were at the steps waiting for her to take her place, but a quick glance had let her see that one of the six seats is occupied; and determined to have the man she loves beside her, she says quickly: " Never mind precedence 'tis only a picnic; every one of you secure seats; I shall wait here with the Colonel for Sir Peter Tedril." ” – A Heart-Song of To-day by Annie Gregg Savigny
  4. “ To allow this kind of " importation," would be to allow not merely the importation of foreign " persons," but also of foreign laws to take precedence of our own. ” – The Unconstitutionality of Slavery by Lysander Spooner
  5. He even took precedence of the first ministers of state. ” – Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series by Jacob Abbott
  6. When Maham had got about seventy men and Horry not yet a troop, both their commissions being of the same date, they quarreled about precedence in rank; and although Gov. ” – A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion by William Dobein James
  7. Sometimes it seems as though this should take precedence of all other colleges. ” – Oxford by Frederick Douglas How
  8. He has shown himself capable of controlling an Emperor, and of giving precedence to a woman. ” – A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.) by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
  9. What would your Excellence expect in matter of precedence as in case you should meet with any other ambassador at the masque? ” – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke
  10. But I pray, Master, tell me whether her Majesty takes notice of this question of precedence or did she wish to confer with me about it? ” – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke