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Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding. See Synonyms at famous.

[Middle English, from Latin praeēminēns, present participle of praeēminēre, to excel : prae-, pre- + ēminēre, to stand out; see eminent.]

pre·em′i·nence n.
pre·em′i·nent·ly adv.
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or pre-em•i•nence

(priˈɛm ə nəns)

the state or character of being preeminent.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preeminence - high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a scholar of great eminence"
high status - a position of superior status
king - preeminence in a particular category or group or field; "the lion is the king of beasts"
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or pre-eminence
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From this time, it is added, he was much dreaded by the natives, as one who held their fate in his hands, and was called, by way of preeminence, "the Great Small-pox Chief."
Even Josie Pye attained a certain preeminence as the sharpest- tongued young lady in attendance at Queen's.
I see no distinct grounds for classical studies being given a preeminence over scientific studies."
Nor is it to be imagined, if this obstacle could be surmounted, that the neighboring powers would suffer a revolution to take place which would give to the empire the force and preeminence to which it is entitled.
There was in the two ways in which "Master Jacques" was pronounced on the one hand, and the "master" by preeminence on the other, the difference between monseigneur and monsieur, between domine and domne .
Away with those who assert that letters have the preeminence over arms; I will tell them, whosoever they may be, that they know not what they say.
It was evident that these two from that other world were ready to question his preeminence. Even through his great egotism was filtering a suspicion that they patronized him; perhaps even pitied him.
Because heaven has so richly endowed you with the arts of war, you think that you must therefore excel others in counsel; but you cannot thus claim preeminence in all things.
No one quicker than Rosamond to see causes and effects which lay within the track of her own tastes and interests: she had seen clearly Lydgate's preeminence in Middlemarch society, and could go on imaginatively tracing still more agreeable social effects when his talent should have advanced him; but for her, his professional and scientific ambition had no other relation to these desirable effects than if they had been the fortunate discovery of an ill-smelling oil.
Having achieved stability against terrorism, Pakistan is on positive trajectory of becoming a state where prerogative of use of weapons rests with the state alone and socio-economic development is taking preeminence COAS concluded.
L e Conseil de securite des Nations Unies a proroge, mercredi a une grande majorite de ses membres, le mandat de la MINURSO de six mois jusqu'au 30 avril 2019, consacrant, une fois de plus, la preeminence de l'initiative marocaine d'autonomie pour resoudre le conflit artificiel autour du Sahara marocain.