hierarchic hi`er*arch"ic, hierarchical hi`er*arch"ic*al, a. [Cf. F. hi['e]rarchique.] Of or pertaining to a hierarchy; ordered in a hierarchy. -- {Hi`er*arch`ic*al*ly}, adv.

Syn: hierarchical, hierarchal. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to a transitive relation between objects by which they may be ordered into a hierarchy; as, a hierarchical relation. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hierarchic — adjective see hierarchical …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • hierarchic — hi·er·ar·chic …   English syllables

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