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pri·ma·cy

 (prī′mə-sē)
n. pl. pri·ma·cies
1. The state of being first or foremost.
2. Ecclesiastical The office, rank, or province of primate.

[Middle English primacie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmātia, office of church primate, from Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, of first rank; see primate.]

primacy

(ˈpraɪməsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. the state of being first in rank, grade, etc
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a primate or senior bishop or (in the Roman Catholic Church) the pope

pri•ma•cy

(ˈpraɪ mə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
2. the office, rank, or dignity of an ecclesiastical primate.
3. the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin prīmātia, alter. of Latin prīmātus (prīm(us) prime]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primacy - the state of being first in importance
grandness, importance - a prominent status; "a person of importance"

primacy

noun supremacy, leadership, command, dominance, superiority, dominion, ascendancy, pre-eminence He saw this as a challenge to his primacy.
Translations

primacy

[ˈpraɪməsɪ] Nprimacía f

primacy

[ˈpraɪməsi] (formal) nprimauté f

primacy

n
(= supremacy)Vorrang m; (= position)Vorrangstellung f
(Eccl) → Primat nt or m

primacy

[ˈpraɪməsɪ] n (frm) → supprema importanza
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In order to gain an objective view of the Orthodox understanding of primacy, it is important to pay attention to "primacy" as understood from the wider perspective of the primacies of the patriarchates of the East and their role in the universal church.
We've had two very lengthy primacies (archbishops Michael Peers for 18 years and Edward Scott for 15 years).