Definition of Hierarchy

1. Noun. A series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system. "Put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"

Specialized synonyms: Celestial Hierarchy, Data Hierarchy, Taxonomy
Group relationships: Scheme, System
Generic synonyms: Series
Derivative terms: Hierarchical



2. Noun. The organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body.

Definition of Hierarchy

1. n. Dominion or authority in sacred things.

Definition of Hierarchy

1. Noun. A body of authoritative officials organized in nested ranks. ¹

2. Noun. Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hierarchy

1. [n -CHIES]

Medical Definition of Hierarchy

1. 1. Any system of persons or things ranked one above the other. 2. In psychology and psychiatry, an organization of habits or concepts in which simpler components are combined to form increasingly complex integrations. Origin: G. Hierarchia, rule or power of the high priest (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Hierarchy

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1. The Rise of the Mediaeval Church and Its Influence on the Civilisation of by Alexander Clarence Flick (1909)
"The Pope, the Bishop of Bishops, stood at the head of the well organised hierarchy as the source of faith, the supreme lawgiver, the distributor of justice, ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The Imperial hierarchy.—Tlie Grand Dignitaries. ... There was a hierarchy even for localities ; and the mayors of 36 towns mentioned in the decree of June ..."

3. The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte by Auguste COMTE, Frederic Harrison (1896)
"Next to the division of the two organic hierarchy of kingdoms comes the question of the rational the animal hierarchy of the animal kingdom, by itself, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The whole is arranged in a strict hierarchy under the hereditary dux, the man of his ... A hierarchy of a military type, based upon local economic power, ..."

5. The English Review (1850)
"An Appeal to the Reason and Good Feeling of the English People on the Subject of the Catholic hierarchy. By CARDINAL WISEMAN. London : Thomas Richardson and ..."

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