hierarchy

  

Definition

Pyramid-like ranking of ideas, individuals, items, etc., where every level (except the top and the bottom ones) has one higher and one lower neighbor. Higher level means greater authority, importance, and influence.

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  • One of the most important first things you can learn working at a large corporation is that everything thing follows a strict hierarchy/chain-of-command.

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  • At most organizations, the CEO or President is at the top of the corporate hierarchy and maintenance staff is at the bottom.

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  • In this global society, there is a well defined and alarming hierarchy that exists, separating the high born from the lower born.

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