take precedence over

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See: outweigh
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Only about one in four Russians, for instance, are now prepared to sacrifice their own living standards for the sake of national greatness, and in one Levada Center poll only 12 percent said the state's interests take precedence over human rights.
If there is any conflicting guidance pertaining to contracting, the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Defense and Army Federal Acquisition Regulation supplements will take precedence over this regulation and Department of Defense guidance.
Speaking in Geneva to the issue of economic and social rights (and subsequently finding himself unable to meet the sudden demand for his related press release), Dilloway exercised a positive effect on decisions affecting global development policies--in particular, the decision that debt payments of developing nations shouldn't take precedence over basic rights of citizens to food, shelter, clothing, employment, health services, or a healthy environment.