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1 status established in order of importance or urgency; "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"; "national independence takes priority over class struggle" [syn: precedence, precedency]

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  • a UK /ˈpɹaɪɒɹɪti/ /"praIQrIti:/


  1. Prior or antecedent in time, or preceding something else; as, priority application.
  2. Having precedence; of superior rank.


The quality or state of being prior or antecedent in time, or of preceding something else
Precedence; superior rank

Usage notes

Note that most other dictionaries list this only as a noun; some people will correct you if you use it as an adjective.


  1. An item's relative importance.
    He set his e-mail message's priority to high.
  2. A person's personal goals.
    She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.


An item's relative importance
A person's personal goals

Extensive Definition

Priority may refer to:
  • Priority date, a concept of establishing waiting times in the immigration process by United States Department of State
  • Priority level, the priority of emergency communications
  • Priority Records, a record label started in 1985 and acquired by Capitol Records
  • Priority right, a time-limited right, triggered by the first filing of an application for a patent
  • Priority signs, a traffic sign that specifies which route has the right of way
  • Scientific priority, the priority of scientific ideas
  • Subordination (finance), the order of priorities in claims for ownership or interest in various assets
  • Principle of Priority, the principle that the oldest available name for a taxon is the valid one

See also

priority in French: Priorité
priority in Norwegian: Prioritet
priority in Russian: Приоритет

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