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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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It was important to have the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru on board, and that could not have been possible if we were proposing an Assembly elected by first-past-the-post.
Anyone in favour of first-past-the-post wants unfair elections, malfunctioning politics and lazy MPs.
Monday is the deadline set by the Election Commission to file candidacies for the first-past-the-post seats.
If we use the same 'electoral bang for their buck' approach, we find that the DUP obtained a seat for every 27,000 votes cast in its favour, its leader Ian Paisley thus being the one person to benefit from first-past-the-post as much as Tony Blair did.
Canada, the US, and India are the only remaining countries with more than 8 million people that are still fully wedded to first-past-the-post voting systems.
More countries in the Western world now use proportional representation systems than the first-past-the-post method.
All federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada use the first-past-the-post electoral system.
Lowi does have an important point: Only a party centrist enough to split ideological differences among tens of millions of disparate voters has a real chance of building the apparatus that could allow it to win under our first-past-the-post, winner-takes-all electoral system.
Currently 20 are elected by PR, with the remaining 40 elected in first-past-the-post constituencies.
Plaid Cymru were in favour of a Yes vote, while North Wales Tories David Jones (Clwyd West) and Guto Bebb (Aberconwy) strongly supported the traditional first-past-the-post system.
With under three weeks until the referendum on whether to ditch the first-past-the-post system for electing MPs, he accused the Chancellor and Tory cabinet colleagues of resorting to "bizarre" and "tawdry" tactics.
Calder Valley's Craig Whittaker told the Examiner he will support the current first-past-the-post system to elect members of Parliament.