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Noun: priority  prI'or-u-tee or prI'ór-i-tee [N. Amer], prI'ó-ri-tee [Brit]
  1. Status established in order of importance or urgency
    "national independence takes priority over class struggle";
    - precedence, precedency
  2. Preceding in time
    - antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency

Derived forms: priorities

Type of: earliness, high status

Encyclopedia: Priority