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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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Well, even before I met Madonna, I enjoyed her upfront attitude, support for women and gays, and that undeniable belief of hers that she was destined for greatness, a star of the first magnitude even before most people had heard of her.
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