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Definition: highest in superiority or achievement and standing out above all others

Synonyms: predominant, superior, foremost, leading, distinguished, highest, above, paramount, supreme, celebrated, eminent, illustrious

Antonyms: inferior, humble, undistinguished

Tips: Preeminent originates from the Latin word eminere, "to stand out." A preeminent person in his or her field stands out above all others, usually because of some notable achievement.

Usage Examples:

The scientist was the preeminent expert on the sociology of chimpanzees and gave a fascinating lecture in my anthropology class. (foremost, leading)

I chose my stock broker based on his reputation for being a preeminent financial advisor who has helped many clients reach their financial goals. (superior, leading, celebrated)

The professor is the preeminent authority on that subject, and you'll learn more about it from him than anyone else. (highest, leading)

It should be interesting to meet him, as he is the preeminent authority in child psychology. (highest, leading)

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