(redirected from hierarchic)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to hierarchic: Hierarchical relationship


A group of people who form an ascending chain of power or authority.

Officers in a government, for example, form an escalating series of ranks or degrees of power, with each rank subject to the authority of the one on the next level above. In a majority of hierarchical arrangements, there are a larger number of people at the bottom than at the top.

Originally, the term was used to mean government by a body of priests. Currently, a hierarchy is used to denote any body of individuals arranged or classified according to capacity, authority, position, or rank.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

HIERARCHY, eccl. law. A hierarchy signified, originally, power of the priest; for in the beginning of societies, the priests were entrusted with all the power but, among the priests themselves, there were different degrees of power and authority, at the summit of which was the sovereign pontiff, and this was called the hierarchy. Now it signifies, not so much the power of the priests as the border of power.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
Since in the current study, examining the relationship of some thinking styles including monarchic, hierarchic, oligarchic and anarchic with other variables were not predicted, hence, questions related to these thinking styles were omitted.
According to this view, although the tribute system was hierarchic and non-egalitarian, interactions among political units were, in the words of Qin Yaqing, "unequal but benign," just like the relationship between fathers and sons (Qin 2007, 330).
Authority of this organization still remains under the hierarchic Federal administrative structure.
With chapter 4 providing a theological interlude highlighting the whole hierarchic world order (from which the economic analysis itself now prescinds), chapter 5 outlines the breakthrough to economic science itself.
In particular, it is advanced here that the relations between Southeast Asian countries and the United States in the post-9/11 era signify the intimate linkages between hegemonic and hierarchic rule.
The national realm is variously described as being hierarchic, vertical, centralized, heterogeneous, directed, and contrived; the international realm, as being anarchic, horizontal, decentralized, homogeneous, undirected, and mutually adaptive.
Dementia severity was appraised using the Hierarchic Dementia Scale (Cole & Dastoor, 1987), consisting of 20 subscales assessing a broad spectrum of cognitive abilities.
Technological process consists of a large set of hierarchic mutually linked subsystems acting a space and parameters by variables.
For the macrostructure of the Universe, this model is known as the "hierarchic model" of Lambert-Charlier.
In addition, of course, centralised decision-making doesn't always exist: in warfare, where hierarchic decision-making might be expected to be commonplace, taking out the command posts is a normal tactic.
However, existing financial information systems concentrate on providing information reflecting hierarchic connections between indicators.
In such circumstances, it's difficult for the top leaders of hierarchic systems to do a good job.