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first

(Earlier), adjective aboriginal, anterior, earlier, earliest, embryonic, inaugural, incipient, introductory, primeval, primitive, prior
Associated concepts: at first impression, first lien, first readdng, first stages of litigation, on first blush

first

(Superior), adjective antecedent, authentic, capital, cardinal, central, chief, crowning, dominant, highest, important, initial, leading, maiden, main, original, paramount, precessional, precursory, preferred, premier, primary, prime, primordial, principal, second to none, starting, stellar, superior, supreme, vital
Associated concepts: first-degree offense

first

adverb ab initio, at first, at the outset, before, chiefly, first and foremost, firstly, formerly, from the beginning, initially, in the beginning, in the front, originally, principally
See also: ab initio, basic, cardinal, central, dominant, essential, important, initial, leading, original, paramount, precursory, preferred, previous, primary, prime, primordial, principal, prior, prototype, stellar, unprecedented
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THE Queen and Commonwealth leaders have voted to change the 300-year-old laws of succession so first-born female heirs can inherit the throne.
If they succeed I hope there is a clause in the Bill which allows that first-born to say "No thank you" without being labelled a wimp or a traitor.
Summary: It will "take some time" to change royal succession rules to allow a first-born daughter to take the throne, David Cameron has said.
Many of us sense, quite rightly, I think, that our place in the family must make a difference but birth order needs to be put into context", says Blair, whose new book, 'Birth Order', pinpoints the characteristics of each of the four main family positions: first-born, middle-born, last-born and only child.
HERE we all are being told we're ruled by a modern monarchy, when it turns out Britain is the only country in Europe which still has a law preventing a first-born girl to succeed the throne over a younger brother.
How much more likely are first-born children to become rock stars than their siblings?
CDATA[ A young father returned to his home kibbutz to redeem his first-born son - and two other never-redeemed first-borns joined in as well.
Paddy Power offered 20-1 that the first offspring of the pair wins any British Classic, but in a sign that it's not easy to breed a champion, no matter how blue the blood, they also offered 6-1 that the first-born of the pair fails to win any race.
If you look at the family of the first-born child, it is very different than that of a last-born child.
PARENTS are likely to lavish more love, attention and money on their first-born,a new survey has revealed.
For more than a century, researchers have argued about whether first-born children tend to surpass their later-born siblings in intelligence.
She is blessed,'' Maral Hazarabedian said, cradling her first-born amid a sea of roses as family members passed out chocolates.