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Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding. See Synonyms at famous.

[Middle English, from Latin praeēminēns, present participle of praeēminēre, to excel : prae-, pre- + ēminēre, to stand out; see eminent.]

pre·em′i·nence n.
pre·em′i·nent·ly adv.
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or pre-em•i•nent

(priˈɛm ə nənt)

eminent above or before others; superior; outstanding.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praeēminent- (s. of praeēminēns), present participle of praeēminēre to project forward, be prominent. See pre-, eminent]
pre•em′i•nent•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preeminent - greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement; "our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist"
superior - of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior ruler"
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IT IS not a little remarkable that in every case reported by ancient history, in which government has been established with deliberation and consent, the task of framing it has not been committed to an assembly of men, but has been performed by some individual citizen of preeminent wisdom and approved integrity.
He was in high spirits, doing everything with happy ease, and preeminent in all the lively turns, quick resources, and playful impudence that could do honour to the game; and the round table was altogether a very comfortable contrast to the steady sobriety and orderly silence of the other.
Many of the lyrics, again, are included as songs in the dramas of the time; and Shakspere's comedies show him nearly as preeminent among the lyric poets as among the playwrights.
For wee to him indeed all praises owe, And daily thanks, I chiefly who enjoy So farr the happier Lot, enjoying thee Preeminent by so much odds, while thou Like consort to thy self canst no where find.
It may often happen on the stage, that an actor, by possessing in a preeminent degree the external qualities necessary to give effect to comedy, may be deprived of the right to aspire to tragic excellence; and in painting or literary composition, an artist or poet may be master exclusively of modes of thought, and powers of expression, which confine him to a single course of subjects.
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Parents somehow managed to navigate their choices without mass chaos, and now one of America's preeminent cities is getting a dose of educational liberty.
The DAV must keep pace with advances in information technology in order to maintain its preeminent position as an advocate for America's disabled veterans.--DAV Strategic Plan
Sid Goldstein, president of Letter Publications, said, "I believe this acquisition helps Criminal Justice Newsletter solidify its position as the preeminent resource of its kind.
Thomas Armour knew the thrill of performing with legendary dancers on the world's preeminent stages, but his longest and most successful run came in American regional dance.