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Definition of paramount adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1more important than anything else This matter is of paramount importance. Safety is paramount. The welfare of the child must always be the court's paramount consideration. Language Bankvitalsaying that something is necessary It is vital that journalists are able to verify the accuracy of their reports. Journalists play a vital/crucial role in educating the public. Public trust is a crucial issue for all news organizations. The ability to write well is essential for any journalist. The Internet has become an indispensable tool for reporters. In journalism, accuracy is paramount. / …is of paramount importance. It is imperative that journalists maintain the highest possible standards of reporting.
  2. 2(formal) having the highest position or the greatest power China's paramount leader
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