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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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The paramountcy of the decision rests on the beliefs Yankees hold that cheaper square-footage of renting residential and corporate spaces is a major advantage of residing and operating a business outside of the City; that the overhead cost of corporate operations is cheaper, and that children are more likely to have larger residential playgrounds to play in, outside of rather than in the City.
The lack of larger centres during this period would suggest a simple chiefdom rather than a paramountcy.
However, the truth is that Puritans, certainly escaping harsh discrimination by the Church of England, came to America to establish their own religious paramountcy.
Twice, in 1833 and 1839, the Egyptian forces of Mehmet Ali's son Ibrahim came close to unseating Ottoman power throughout Arabia, Syria and Anatolia; each time European threats and diplomacy restored the status quo, and eased the Turkish empire back to paramountcy.
As for the paramountcy of the welfare of children, with agencies closing as a consequence of these rules, the Government has once again shown a lack of wisdom of the kind which took us into Iraq without an exit strategy.
I have suggested that culture, COIN doctrine, SOF, and the paramountcy of the political have all been adopted as iconic solutions to the hideously complex challenges of COIN.
By July 1878, Frere was preparing to take advantage of the hiatus granted by the Congress of Berlin to coerce the Zulus into accepting British paramountcy.
awareness of human limits or the paramountcy of moral obligations.
However, where the federal and provincial legislation clash, the federal legislative authority will usually trump the provincial legislation pursuant to doctrine of federal paramountcy.
Section 1(3) of the Children Act 1989 in England specifically mandates the paramountcy of the children's interests.
Human limitations lead to specialization to the extent that one loses sight of the overall picture to the paramountcy of his/her speciality.