Precdence is the order in which operators are evaluated. In mathematics, precedence can be remembered using the mnemonic Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sue which evaluates to parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

Pre*ced"ence (?), Pre*ced"en*cy (?), n. [Cf. F. pr'ec'edence. See Precede.]

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; preeminence; preference; superiority.

 

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