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Dictionary Definition

paramountcy n : the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority

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From paramount + -cy.


  • a UK /ˈpaɹəmaʊn(t)si/


  1. The fact or condition of being paramount; supremacy, precedence.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 228:
      we saw this permanence to be true of the general paramountcy of the higher insight, even though in the ebbs of emotional excitement meaner motives might temporarily prevail [...].

Extensive Definition

The doctrine of paramountcy is the legal principle that reconciles contradicting or conflicting laws in a federalist state. Where both the central government and the provincial or state governments have the power to create laws in relation to the same matters the laws of one government will be given priority over the other through the doctrine.
paramountcy in French: Prépondérance

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