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Definition of precedence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] precedence (over somebody/something)
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  1. 1the condition of being more important than someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with first synonym priority
  2. 2 She had to learn that her wishes did not take precedence over other people's needs. The speakers came on to the platform in order of precedence (= the most important one first). Environmental concerns must be given precedence over commercial interest.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: precedence