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1. Of chief concern or importance: "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union" (Abraham Lincoln).
2. Highest in rank, power, or authority: the paramount leader of the nation.
One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.

[Anglo-Norman paramont, above : par, by (from Latin per; see per in Indo-European roots) + amont, above, upward; see amount.]

par′a·mount′cy n.
par′a·mount′ly adv.
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Noun1.paramountcy - the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority
dominion, rule - dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"




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Additionally, Australia evidences a non-prejudicial attitude in its paramountcy principle.
His authority, for all intents and purposes in the area of the Palestinian administrative domain, is thus derived from Israel's paramountcy.
Kallen, A Free Society (New York, 1934), 76-8 notes that freedom meant that "an alternative existed for every claim to paramountcy upon an individual's devotion and allegiance.
Furthermore, one of the most salient features of its outlook and discourse - the supreme importance that it attaches to the value complex of individualism - has been significantly affected by the converging influence of the paramountcy of individualism in American cultural tradition, the emphasis on individual fights and the neo-individualism of the decades in which bioethics has emerged, and the centrality of the principle of autonomy in Anglo-American analytic philosophy, which has been the regnant intellectual framework of American bioethical thought.
Walter Kaegi is at his best here as a sober scholar who understands the value and paramountcy of the Arabic sources for reconstructing the history of the Arab conquests and he knows how to use them critically and judiciously.
Listowel included a clause in the Indian Independence Bill, which lapsed Paramountcy only on the day India became independent, so that India -- unless it could make arrangements by agreement before hand -- would be confronted on August 15 by nearly 600 princely states containing 100 million people, each state completely independent.
However, for younger generations--roughly those born 1990 and later--rather than racial identity/psychological Africanity metamorphosis denouement as described, their racial identity/psychological Africanity may instead begin with an established paramountcy of amalgamationist, integrationist, beyond race/beyond Black and White sentimentality along with lip service, unsubstantial, low own-race maintenance posture.
But it must be recognized that these doctrines and concepts have not been the dominant tide of constitutional doctrines; rather they have been an undertow against the strong pull of pith and substance, the aspect doctrine and, in recent years, a very restrained approach to concurrency and paramountcy issues.
2) Only if the laws directly clash, in the sense that one must disobey one law in order to obey the other, will it be necessary for one of them (typically the provincial version) to give way under the principle of paramountcy.
The fact of the matter is that after the lapse of British paramountcy J and K emerged as an independent state in August 1947.
To draw a line between health as a provincial matter and health as a criminal law matter, the courts ought to apply a precise characterization that affords equal consideration to both federal and provincial interests rather than an approach that awards priority and paramountcy to Parliament whenever a "public health evil" is present.
The paramountcy of the religious based organizations was strengthened by an 1878 Act stipulating that children ".