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CHIEF, principal. One who is put above the rest; as, chief magistrate chief justice : it also signifies the best of a number of things. It is frequently used in composition.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His most enduring literary work, however, was the inspiration and possibly partial authorship of the 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,' a series of annals beginning with the Christian era, kept at various monasteries, and recording year by year (down to two centuries and a half after Alfred's own death), the most important events of history, chiefly that of England.
The region's overall imports from Japan also declined 5.3 percent, chiefly due to weak demand for automobiles, electric equipment and machinery.
PTI's 100-day agenda chiefly focused on transforming governance, revitalising economic growth, developing agriculture, conserving water and ensuring national security.
Pharmaceutical sales grew by 16 percent chiefly attributable to sustained performance of organized brands.
Investment growth is set to increase to 6 percent, driven chiefly by completion of the Jaguar Land Rover plant in NitraSlovakias GDP is expected to increase by 4 percent year-on-year in 2018 and by 4.2 percent in 2019, the European Commission stated in its Spring Forecast.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Apr 22 (ANI): The last financial year- 2017-18 saw a steep decline in the number of rail accidents, chiefly due to the extensive rail track upgradation taken up by the Railway Ministry.
In the South, territory was regained by the Iraqi Army, chiefly the retaking of Ramadi this week.
In this period, several chiefly societies in eastern Oceania, including Hawai'i, Tahiti, and Raratonga, destroyed their temples and god-figures, and then just as suddenly invited ministers of the London Missionary Society in, and built chapels and churches throughout their lands, practically on the very same sacred sites they had just destroyed.
The December inflation at the food products market (2,1%) was chiefly conditioned by growth of prices for fruits, vegetables and potato
1, 1944, thousands of residents - chiefly young people - began trying to free Warsaw from the Germans while the Soviet Red Army advanced toward the city as it was pushing the Nazis out of Eastern Europe.
According to GOL, this reduction was chiefly due to the discontinuation of Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737-300 related to the shutting down of Webjet's operating activities and the relocation of domestic capacity to international operations.