Pri"ma*cy (?), n. [LL. primatia, fr. L. primas, -atis, one of the first or principal, chief, fr. primus first: cf. F. primatie. See Prime, a.]

1.

The state or condition of being prime or first, as in time, place, rank, etc., hence, excellency; supremacy.

[R.]

De Quincey.

2.

The office, rank, or character of a primate; the chief ecclesiastical station or dignity in a national church; the office or dignity of an archbishop; as, the primacy of England.

 

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