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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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The AG considers in particular the impact that the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, and paramountly the incorporation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, must have in the solving of conflicts between freedom and establishment and fundamental collective goods.
"With the dearth of other revenue opportunities available to a football club in Scotland, the bank has paramountly failed to understand what the board has been extolling and having our stakeholders understand that the trading of players as commodities is fundamental to our business plan."
Finally, and paramountly, the military must be rescued from its long decline, so that it can sufficiently deter Russia and China (a capacity diminished every day) and so that it can punish terrorists and the regimes that shelter them: at long range, at close range, decisively, without nation-building, if necessary again and again--and with the ferocity and resolve of old.
It's probably not possible to overestimate the potential importance of these interior exchanges: the poet's central life as a poet may be paramountly at stake and at risk.