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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·ce·den·cy /-dən(t)si, dṇ(t)si/
 居先;上席;優越

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·ced·ence Pre·ced·en·cy n.
 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; preëminence; preference; superiority.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 precedency
      n 1: status established in order of importance or urgency;
           "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer
           of pharmaceuticals"; "national independence takes
           priority over class struggle" [syn: precedence, priority]
      2: preceding in time [syn: priority, antecedence, antecedency,
          anteriority, precedence] [ant: posteriority]
      3: the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a
         ceremony) [syn: precession, precedence]