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pri•ma•cy

Pronunciation: (pr?'mu-s?), [key]
? pl. -cies
  1. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
  2. Also called the office, rank, or dignity of a primate.
  3. the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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