[ noun ] status established in order of importance or urgency


: "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals" "national independence takes priority over class struggle"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Vandiver likely will mention the $ 100 million highway bond issue approved earlier in the session as his first priority item .

It says that `` in the event Congress does provide this increase in federal funds '' , the State_Board_of_Education should be directed to `` give priority '' to teacher pay raises .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

When we look_at countries like Iran , Iraq , Pakistan , and Burma , where substantial progress has been made in creating a minimum supply of modern_men and of social overhead capital , and where institutions of centralized government exist , we find a second category of countries with a different set of problems and hence different priorities for policy .

On the economic front , the first priority of these countries is to mobilize a vastly increased volume of resources .