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first

(Earlier), adjective aboriginal, anterior, earlier, earliest, embryonic, inaugural, incipient, introductory, primeval, primitive, prior
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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
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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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A war hero who went on to become a top scientist picked up two first-class honours degrees in the process.
By chance, her husband Andy, aged 44, also gained a first-class honours degree in what was sociology and social policy from Coventry University in 1998.
Having worked both in-house and agency side Tiffany has two years industry experience, a first-class honours degree in Marketing Management and is currently studying towards a CIM diploma.
She came out with a first-class honours degree in sociology and in December 2002 attained her doctorate.
Neil Ifan Bowden who comes from Welshpool, and who graduated with a first-class honours degree in agriculture, spent his industrial placement on a Welsh dairy farm, while his final year project looked at foot preparation and sheep lameness.
While working, Leo was appointed a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and lectured for it at Newcastle Polytechnic, Northumbria University's predecessor, from which he graduated with a first-class honours degree in business studies and an MBA.
While Cecilia Gudgeon graduated with a first-class honours degree in planning and development surveying, Paula Bleanch scooped the top degree for building design management and Beverley Simpson carried off the top degree for quantity surveying.
Today, the Grwp has around 1,200 Higher Education students studying on 40 different full and part-time routes, with over 400 students graduating each year, many with first-class honours degrees.
They collected first-class honours degrees in human resource management from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne.
According to Barclays Bank's survey of graduates' earning power, students who get first-class honours degrees can earn up to pounds 3,462 more a year straight away (on average) than those with a third-class degree.
They will collect first-class honours degrees in human resource management from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne.