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precedence
used in Atlas Shrugged

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Definition
to be prior to something else in time, order or importance
  • This was language that Rearden could understand, "I wish I could help you out," he said, "but this is the worst possible time for me, because of a very large, very special order that has to take precedence over everything."
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (88% in)
  • She was speaking with a swift, bright certainty, conscious of nothing but the joy of performing her natural function in her natural world where nothing could take precedence over the act of offering a solution to a problem.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (66% in)
  • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that existence exists, that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it, which is thinking-that the mind is one's only judge of values and one's only guide of action-that reason is an absolute that permits no compromise-that a concession to the irrational invalidates one's consciousness and turns it from the task of perceiving to the task of faking reality-that the alleged short-cut to knowledge,...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (26% in)

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