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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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Middle-borns normally focus on areas where a first-born, usually academically successful, hasn't achieved so you may have pursued creative areas - sport, art and music.
First-borns see things in black and white, middle children see the shades of gray and are sharp enough to see the exceptions.
Girls on the whole cost more and a first-born daughter is the biggest winner of all.
Danielle said: 'All of the first-born in the family are girls.
Today, the annual feast of Passover celebrates the Exodus and the "passing over" of the Angel of Death, who spared the Israelites' first-born sons.
Among women whose first two children had the same father, 4% had a low-birth-weight first infant, and 3% a low-birth-weight second infant; however, second infants born to women who changed partners had a higher incidence of low birth weight than first-borns (7% vs.
In two related studies, researchers at Ohio State University, Columbus, found that only children--and, to a certain extent, first-born ones--were more interested in intellectual, cognitive pursuits than later-born offspring were.
In a nutshell, Sulloway argues that first-born children are authoritarian and conformist, while later-born kids are more adventurous.
dissertation, The First-Born in Israel during the Biblical Period [Heb.
These narratives have usually been viewed as a protest or polemic against a custom which automatically accorded preferential status to the first-born, but if such a custom never existed in Israel, the explanation for these stories must be sought elsewhere.
Just so, Bill Clinton, who appears to have had an older half-brother, although we counted him as first-born.
Results using the scaled scores on the MAT indicated that: (1) first-born children performed significantly better than those not first-born; (2) first-born females performed significantly better than males who were not first-born; and (3) first-born in two-children families performed significantly better than last born of families of more than two children.