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priority (n.)

late 14c., "state of being earlier," from Old French priorite (14c.), from Medieval Latin prioritatem (nominative prioritas) "fact or condition of being prior," from Latin prior (see prior (adj.)). From c. 1400 as "precedence in right or rank." Wyclif (early 15c.) renders prioritas into (Middle) English as furtherhead.

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Definitions of priority from WordNet

priority (n.)
status established in order of importance or urgency;
national independence takes priority over class struggle
Synonyms: precedence / precedency
priority (n.)
preceding in time;
Synonyms: antecedence / antecedency / anteriority / precedence / precedency
From wordnet.princeton.edu