Pronunciation: (prī'mu-sē), [key]
—pl. -cies for 2, 3.
1. the state of being first in order, rank, importance, etc.
2. Also called primateship. Eng. Eccles. the office, rank, or dignity of a primate.
3. Rom. Cath. Ch.the jurisdiction of a bishop, as a patriarch, over other bishoprics, or the supreme jurisdiction of the pope as supreme bishop.
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