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From Old French priorite, from Latin prioritas.

Morphologically prior +‎ -ity


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹaɪˈɒɹɨti/
  • (General American) enPR: prī-ôrʹĭ-tē, IPA(key): /pɹaɪˈɔɹɪ̈ti/
  • Rhymes: -ɒɹɪti
  • Hyphenation: pri‧or‧i‧ty


priority (countable and uncountable, plural priorities)

  1. An item's relative importance.
  2. A goal of a person or an organisation.
  3. The quality of being earlier or coming first compared to another thing; the state of being prior.
  4. (taxonomy, of a name) A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.
  5. (obsolete) Precedence; superior rank.
  6. (transport) right of way; The right to pass (an intersection) before other road users


  • (state of being prior): See Thesaurus:anteriority
  • (superior rank): dignity, eminence, seniority, superiority

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