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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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Great Britain was complicit, in that, it left many ambiguities to questions of inheritance about paramountcy rights of princely states.
Owing to the lapse of paramountcy, Indian states regained the position of absolute sovereignty which they had enjoyed prior to the assumption of suzerainty by the British Crown.
Kwesi Agyeman, Omanhen of Lower Dixcove and former vice president of the Western Regional House of Chiefs was battered by masked men and abducted, together with some four sub chiefs to the palace of Upper Dixcove paramountcy on Monday.
The British Raj and the Indian princes: paramountcy in western India, 1857-1930.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, with Ginsburg writing that "the principal symbol of Christianity around the world should not loom over public thoroughfares, suggesting official recognition of that religion's paramountcy." Ginsburg read a summary of her dissent in court, a way of expressing deep disagreement.
(3) But according to the majority of the Court in Canadian Western Bank, interjurisdictional immunity (IJI), though "in principle applicable to all federal and provincial heads of legislative authority,"' "is of limited application and should in general be reserved for situations already covered by precedent." (5) "[T]he absence of prior case law favouring its application to the subject matter at hand", the majority added, "will generally justify a court proceeding directly to the consideration of federal paramountcy", (6) postponing the IJI inquiry, if not omitting it altogether.
The region under British control was commonly called British India or simply India in contemporaneous usage, and included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom, which were collectively called British India, and those ruled by indigenous rulers, but under British tutelage or paramountcy, and called the princely states.
'Yet, in all of these places, the paramountcy of the consenting authority is never eroded which is what we have kept on telling our referred baba.
In a hugely-significant order passed this week, the Supreme Court has established the paramountcy of the state's obligation to ensure that every convict awarded capital punishment is not suffering from any physical or mental health.
That's the point at which Khan's backers in the military will begin to worry, because if the terms are as ruinous as suspected, support for CPEC -- and, by extension, for China's paramountcy in Pakistan -- will wither.
class="MsoNormalHe was, Ms Power wrote, "the primary guardian of the UN rule book," which insisted on the paramountcy of the Security Council as what Mr Annan called "the sole source of legitimacy" in approving overseas interventions.