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Adjective: paramount  'per-u,mawnt [N. Amer], 'pa-ru,mawnt [Brit]
  1. Of greatest importance
    "commitment to a peaceful electoral processes remains paramount";
    - imperative
  2. Having superior power and influence
    "the paramount mood among policy-makers is optimism";
    - overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating

See also: crucial, dominant, important

Encyclopedia: Paramount, Ca