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precedence

noun
     
pre‧ce‧dence [uncountable]
when someone or something is considered to be more important than someone or something else, and therefore comes first or must be dealt with first [= priority]
precedence over
Do we want a society where appearance takes precedence over skill or virtue?
Guests were seated in order of precedence.
Safety must be given precedence.

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