priority

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From Old French priorite, from Latin prioritas.

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priority (plural priorities)

  1. An item's relative importance.
    He set his e-mail message's priority to high.
  2. A goal of a person or an organisation.
    She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.
  3. The quality of being earlier or coming first compared to another thing; the state of being prior.
    In bankruptcy law, a business' debt to its employees has priority over its debt to a landlord, so the employees must be paid first.
  4. (taxonomy, of a name) A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      Neither [Jones] [] nor I (in 1966) could conceive of reducing our "science" to the ultimate absurdity of reading Finnish newspapers almost a century and a half old in order to establish "priority."
  5. (obsolete) Precedence; superior rank.

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