To the President, protecting our nation's security is of paramount importance — it's at the very top of his to-do list.

  • Pronunciation: / 'pærəmaʊnt/
  • English description: having superior power and influence
  • Synonyms: predominant
  • Chinese Translation: 首要的(shou3 yao4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: primordial
  • ORIGIN: Paramount goes way beyond "important." It's absolutely critical. Something that is of paramount importance has a great urgency to it. Getting your oil changed is important, but making sure your car's brakes are working before you drive down a steep, icy slope is absolutely paramount.


  • With an act of his stature, who many had presumed to have quietly retired, keeping it a secret was paramount.
  • "There will be inevitable additional pressure on the system and the paramount concern of magistrates is for accessible justice to be protected," he said.

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