Definitions for: Hierarchy


[n] the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
[n] a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system; "put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hi"er*arch`y, n.; pl. Hierarchies. [Gr. ?: cf. F.
hi['e]rarchie.]
1. Dominion or authority in sacred things.

2. A body of officials disposed organically in ranks and
orders each subordinate to the one above it; a body of
ecclesiastical rulers.

3. A form of government administered in the church by
patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and, in
an inferior degree, by priests. --Shipley.

4. A rank or order of holy beings.

Standards and gonfalons . . . for distinction serve
Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees. --Milton.

Synonyms: pecking order, power structure

See Also: administration, brass, data hierarchy, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization, series, system, taxonomy

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