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RANK. The order or place in which certain officers are placed in the army and navy, in relation to others, is called their rank.
     2. It is a maxim, that officers of, an inferior rank are bound to obey all the lawful commands of their superiors, and are justified for such obedience.

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ONE of the front-runners for the position of Pope after John Paul II's death last year has broken ranks from Church policy to say condoms were a "lesser evil" in the fight against AIDS.
The pilots are said to have broken ranks with other unions at the carrier.
Lockyer explained he voted for Schwarzenegger instead of Cruz Bustamante because he felt the Democratic lieutenant governor had broken ranks with other prominent Democrats who promised not to run in order to support former Gov.
Archbishop Ndungane, the archbishop of Cape Town, has broken ranks with many African Anglicans by backing Bishop Robinson's consecration.
Since then, he says, his position has evolved, and he has broken ranks with his former colleagues on anti-abortion legislation.