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Paramount


PAR'AMOUNT, adjective

1. Superior to all others; possessing the highest title or jurisdiction; as lord paramount the chief lord of the fee, or of lands, tenements and hereditaments. In England, the king is lord paramount of whom all the land in the kingdom is supposed to be held. But in some cases the lord of several manors is called the lord paramount

2. Eminent; of the highest order.

3. Superior to all others; as, private interest is usually paramount to all other considerations.

PAR'AMOUNT, noun The chief; the highest in rank or order.