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hi·er·ar·chy

(hī'ĕr-ar-kē, hī-rar'kē),
1. Any system of people or things ranked one above the other.
2. In psychology and psychiatry, an organization of habits or concepts in which simpler components are combined to form increasingly complex integrations.
[G. hierarchia, rule or power of the high priest]

hierarchy

(hī′ə-rär′kē, hī′rär′-)
n. pl. hierar·chies
1. A group of persons or things organized into successive ranks or grades with each level subordinate to the one above: a career spent moving up through the military hierarchy.
2. Categorization or arrangement of a group of people or things into such ranks or grades: classification by hierarchy; discounting the effects of hierarchy.
3. A group of animals in which certain members or subgroups dominate or submit to others.

hi·er·ar·chy

(hī'ĕr-ahr-kē)
1. Any system of people or things ranked one above the other.
2. psychology/psychiatry An organization of habits or concepts in which simpler components are combined to form increasingly complex integrations.
[G. hierarchia, rule or power of the high priest]

hierarchy

(in CLASSIFICATION) the system of ranking in a graded order from species to kingdom. see HIGHER CATEGORY.

hi·er·ar·chy

(hī'ĕr-ahr-kē)
Any system of people or things ranked one above the other.
[G. hierarchia, rule or power of the high priest]

hierarchy (hī´ərär´kē),

n 1. system of persons or things ranked one above the other.
n 2. in psychology and psychiatry, an organization of habits or concepts in which simpler components are combined to form increasingly complex integrations.

hierarchy

order of superiority; the arrangement of echelons of command.

court hierarchy
the way in which the courts in a country are arranged so that appeals can be carried from the lower to the higher courts.
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I can think of no greater recipe for guaranteed success in a company than a Nirvana in which every person is devoted to the success of their immediate superior.
Writes Conroy about his time in Switzerland: "If these years were in any way memorable, they were so because the consul general was a lovable alcoholic with a 70-year-old Polish mistress, my immediate superior insisted that all correspondence be prepared in the passive voice, and I had to use elaborate subterfuge to wrest control over the visa section from a local Swiss clerk who had delusions of grandeur.
In many cases, a problem may most easily be resolved by seeking out the employee's most immediate superior.
How well do you think your Immediate Superior understands the employees' viewpoint?
In the old hierarchical health care organization, they would have to go through channels and lobby their immediate superior for support.
We met with the center director and her immediate superior.
Inform your immediate superior about your pregnancy before you tell your coworkers.
Promotion almost always depends upon the initiation of a favorable recommendation by the immediate superior.
The 5th NELR was established in 2009 as the Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) for the three West-coast Reserve Navy Cargo Handling Battalions (NCHBs), reporting directly to the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVESLG).
It helps Agbonlahor that his immediate superior, Martin O'Neill, appreciates the value of integrity.
The answer is his immediate superior who is following a set of rules.

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