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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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So far this survey has highlighted disadvantages of first-past-the-post. But there are benefits too.
Lord Jenkins came down firmly in favour of changing the current first-past-the-post system and the British government is now making moves to do just that.
The first-past-the-post system presents a number of advantages for the electorate.
On May 5 voters across the UK will be asked if they want to replace first-past-the-post with AV.
First-past-the-post exaggerates the number of seats awarded to a winning party, benefiting the Conservatives, but does not take account of voters' second or third choices.
As a final comment, before certain other political parties begin bleating, how many of them have ever complained when the Westminster model of first-past-the-post has suited their needs to form a majority Government?
Maggie, you might remember, managed to lose the rock-solid stronghold of Blaenau Gwent to Peter Law by a mere 9,000 votes in a first-past-the-post election last year.
However the move is certain to be fiercely opposed by Middlesbrough's Labour Member Stuart Bell, a long-time critic of proportional representation and one of a number of government backbenchers determined to stick to the first-past-the-post arrangements.
patrols and law courts, and you can do what you like afterwards as regards penalties and prize- money, but as far as the betting public is concerned-which keeps the industry going-I would like to see first-past-the-post.
But the first-past-the-post MSPs - who are mostly Labour - claim they should deal with constituents problems.
It is all very well for Welsh Labour to suggest that some constituencies would elect AMs from two different parties, but there is no doubt that a 60-seat Assembly elected solely by first-past-the-post would produced a result heavily biased in favour of Labour.
The Warrington South MP described himself as an agnostic on the issue, but also stated his belief that first-past-the-post favours Labour, particularly in seats such as his own.