Definition of "hierarchical" []

  • Of or relating to a hierarchy. (adjective)
  • A system of persons or things arranged in a graded order (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks (noun)
  • The collective body of those so organized (noun)
  • A series of ordered groupings within a system, such as the arrangement of plants and animals into classes, orders, families, etc (noun)
  • A formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element (noun)
  • Government by an organized priesthood (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hierarchical" in a sentence
  • "Workers in hierarchical workplaces cannot reasonably be expected to identify themselves if their opinions might touch upon their workplaces -- that's a disciplinary issue for most workers & most employers."
  • "There's religious dissent on that score and a lot of controversy over whether one should go in hierarchical order."
  • "Lists of one to 413 colleges, or others from one to 713 colleges or still others from one to 1,013 colleges are those I define as hierarchical and cumulatively register as useless for one simple reason: they forgot their audience."