(Latin: praecedere, to go before)
Superiority of rank.
Canonical precedence is determined for individuals by:
Where it is not a question merely of individuals the precedence is as follows: the secular clergy, the religious clergy, the religious of a non-clerical society, the laity.
The place of honor is at the end of processions.
- authority of one person over another
- higher rank in the hierarchy of jurisdiction
- higher rank in the hierarchy of orders
- priority of promotion to the same rank of jurisdiction or orders
- seniority of age
New Catholic Dictionary