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      n   pl   , -chies  
1    a system of persons or things arranged in a graded order  
2    a body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks  
3    the collective body of those so organized  
4    a series of ordered groupings within a system, such as the arrangement of plants and animals into classes, orders, families, etc.  
5      (Linguistics, etc.)   a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element  
   Compare       ordering       heterarchy       tree       6  
6    government by an organized priesthood  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late Greek hierarkhia, from hierarkhes high priest; see hiero-, -archy)  
   hierarchical, hierarchic             adj  
  hierarchically      adv  
  hierarchism      n  
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