I have often heard people use the word "paramount" to mean "the most important", which I think is correct usage.

However, I have also heard them use "parmountacy" or "paramountcy".

e.g. The changes we are making establishes the paramountacy of international law in these cases.

I am wondering if there is such a word as "paramountacy"?

closed as general reference by waiwai933 Sep 27 '12 at 23:04

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


The OED recognizes both paramountship and paramountcy (going back to the 17th century), but not paramountacy, which would be an irregular, not to say peculiar formation (which does not, of course, mean it can't be created). You say you 'heard' the word; might it be an unusual pronunciation of paramountcy?

  • 1
    I think more likely OP has either misheard or he's listening to people thinking of/trying to say preeminency. Not a word I like much (plain pre-eminence seems fine to me), but it is used. – FumbleFingers Sep 27 '12 at 23:03

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.