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pri·ma·cy

 (prī′mə-sē)
n. pl. pri·ma·cies
1. The state of being first or foremost.
2. Ecclesiastical The office, rank, or province of primate.

[Middle English primacie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmātia, office of church primate, from Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, of first rank; see primate.]

primacy

(ˈpraɪməsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. the state of being first in rank, grade, etc
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a primate or senior bishop or (in the Roman Catholic Church) the pope

pri•ma•cy

(ˈpraɪ mə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
2. the office, rank, or dignity of an ecclesiastical primate.
3. the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin prīmātia, alter. of Latin prīmātus (prīm(us) prime]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primacy - the state of being first in importance
grandness, importance - a prominent status; "a person of importance"

primacy

noun supremacy, leadership, command, dominance, superiority, dominion, ascendancy, pre-eminence He saw this as a challenge to his primacy.
Translations

primacy

[ˈpraɪməsɪ] Nprimacía f

primacy

[ˈpraɪməsi] (formal) nprimauté f

primacy

n
(= supremacy)Vorrang m; (= position)Vorrangstellung f
(Eccl) → Primat nt or m

primacy

[ˈpraɪməsɪ] n (frm) → supprema importanza
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