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Definition to be prior to something else in time, order or importance
  • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
    Ayn Rand
  • For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
    Richard Feynman
  • It's a claim that by the rules of this lodge takes precedence.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Valley of Fear
  • There was some hesitation among them, each offering the other precedence.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • ...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals
  • It was of course amongst these that the most frequent disputes for precedence occurred.
    Scott, Walter  --  Ivanhoe
  • As a judge, weighing the evidence had taken precedence; but as a mother, it was not the facts that mattered-only the feelings.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • They tumble forth, competing for precedence and sometimes coming out so tangled I have to back up and pick up a different thread.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "This takes precedence," Jacobi argued.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Sorrow, which is to say violated memory, a crack in the armor of our individuality, takes precedence for us.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • When laws conflict with the Constitution, the Constitution takes precedence over the laws.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The one great advantage which inexperience confers on the would-be mountaineer is that he is not bogged down by tradition or precedence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Guess who takes precedence?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • His mission took precedence over any survivors, regardless of how inhumane that felt.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • A motion to adjourn is always in order, it takes precedence, and it cannot be debated.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • The back of the hall was a solid press of people, and scuffles broke out over precedence.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Such men would not hesitate to invert the natural order of the conscience in order to give those virtues precedence before all others.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • They were examined in the previous order of precedence.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • But pikkuah nefesh takes precedence over that.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Our own desires cannot take precedence over the needs of the Varden, but no, I do not want to part with you either.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr

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