Meaning of PRIORITY in English


prīˈȯrəd.ē, -rətē, -i noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English priorite, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin prioritat-, prioritas, from Latin prior former, prior + -itat-, -itas -ity

1. : the quality or state of being prior: as


(1) : antecedence in time

(2) : precedence in date or position of publication — used of taxa; see law of priority

(3) : the quality or state of being prior logically, methodologically, or epistemologically

b. : superiority in rank, position, privilege, or other quality

the priority in law of liens on a property

2. : something that is prior or that conveys precedence: as

a. : a wartime preferential rating assigned by a government for the delivery of products according to the relative need of each for national defense and the proportionate allocation of scarce materials

b. : any preferential rating assigning rights to scarce products or materials, limited services, transportation, or surplus property or prescribing the order in which assignments are to be attended to

c. : something requiring or meriting attention prior to competing alternatives

a priority project

high on our list of priorities is a trip to New York

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