Pre*cede"(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preceded; p. pr. & vb. n. Preceding.] [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before + cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. prceder. See Pre-, and Cede.] 1. To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything. "Harm precedes not sin." Milton.
2. To go before in place, rank, or importance.
3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object.
It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration.Kent.
Pre*ced"en*cy(?), } n. [Cf. F. prcdence. See Precede.] 1. The act or state of preceding or going before in order of time; priority; as, one event has precedence of another.
2. The act or state of going or being before in rank or dignity, or the place of honor; right to a more honorable place; superior rank; as, barons have
precedence of commoners.
Which of them [the different desires] has the precedency in determining the will to the next action?Locke.
Syn. -- Antecedence; priority; preminence; preference; superiority.
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