PRECEDENCE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of PRECEDENCE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  fact, state, or right of preceding; priority; previous occurrence, or existence before; preceding act or speech
Classic Sentence: (185 in 13 pages)
1  Mrs. Sands giving precedence, of course, to one of the gentry, filled it at once.
Between the Acts By Virginia Woolf
Context  Highlight   In Unit 7
2  It was of course amongst these that the most frequent disputes for precedence occurred.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VII
3  The archers, having previously determined by lot their order of precedence, were to shoot each three shafts in succession.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIII
4  In all their dealings and intercourse, Sir Walter Elliot must ever have the precedence.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 3
5  Nobody doubts her right to have precedence of mamma, but it would be more becoming in her not to be always insisting on it.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 6
6  The Oratory of France claimed the precedence, since Philip de Neri was only a saint, while Berulle was a cardinal.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
7  Now, to our mind, in history, where kindness is the rarest of pearls, the man who is kindly almost takes precedence of the man who is great.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
8  Sarah Pocket and Georgiana contended who should remain last; but Sarah was too knowing to be outdone, and ambled round Georgiana with that artful slipperiness that the latter was obliged to take precedence.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In Chapter XI
9  When annoyed at meal-times by the constant quarrels of the white men about precedence, he ordered an immense round table to be made, for which a special house had to be built.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad
Context  Highlight   In I
10  And observe that Cleopatra's pun preceded the battle of Actium, and that had it not been for it, no one would have remembered the city of Toryne, a Greek name which signifies a ladle.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
11  It was a seignorial garden in the first French style which preceded Le Notre; to-day it is ruins and briars.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER II—HOUGOMONT
12  Enormous patrols, composed of battalions of the Line, enclosed in entire companies of the National Guard, and preceded by a commissary of police wearing his scarf of office, went to reconnoitre the streets in rebellion.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
13  During the few hours which had preceded the attack, it had been reported among them that the insurgents were mutilating their prisoners, and that there was the headless body of a soldier in the wine-shop.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XXII—FOOT TO FOOT
14  D'Artagnan bowed without replying, feeling his desire to don the Musketeer's uniform vastly increased by the great difficulties which preceded the attainment of it.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 3 THE AUDIENCE
15  Planchet called his master's attention to a gentleman who had just arrived with his lackey, and only preceded them by about fifty paces.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 20 THE JOURNEY
Example Sentence: (28 in 2 pages)
1  National defense must take precedence over all other questions.
2  The longest-serving officer always takes precedence.
3  The guests were seated strictly in order of precedence.
4  The mobile operators are expected to take precedence in an auction of transmission frequencies freed up by digital switchover.
5  The days that preceded were filled with activity.
6  Intensive negotiations between the main parties preceded the vote.
7  He preceded me as chairman of the department.
8  Any discussion of legal action must be preceded by a caveat on costs.
9  He preceded his speech with a warning against inattention.
10  Lunch will be preceded by a short speech from the chairman.
11  In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond
12  It displays the relationship between the target item and the preceding entry.
13  Each faucet had a corner immediately preceding the opening through which the water came out.
14  The posterior leg pairs were slightly longer than those preceding it, giving the creature a pronounced trough between its 'back' and the vertically oriented front end.
15  The author anticipated the question in a preceding chapter.