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Noun: precedence  pre-si-dun(t)s
  1. Status established in order of importance or urgency
    "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals";
    - precedency, priority
  2. Preceding in time
    - priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedency
  3. The act of preceding in time, order or rank (as in a ceremony)
    - precession, precedency

Sounds like: praying, predence, prec

Derived forms: precedences

Type of: activity, earliness, high status

Encyclopedia: Precedence