Meaning of hierarchical


If something is hierarchical it has clear levels of power and importance, such as a hierarchical corporation that has the boss at the top, or the hierarchical social order of junior high school popularity.

It’s lonely at the top. That pretty much sums up hierarchical, pronounced “high-eh-RAR-ki-cal.” In a hierarchical structure, people or groups are arranged according to ability or status. It helps to think of a triangle, with the leader at the highest point, layers of managers under him or her, and at the base, or widest part, the masses of workers who make up the largest part of the organization.

Definitions of hierarchical
  1. adjective

    classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers

    “it has been said that only a
    hierarchical society with a leisure class at the top can produce works of art”
    “in her
    hierarchical set of values honesty comes first”

    hierarchal, hierarchic

    class-conscious, stratified

    (used of society) socially hierarchical

    capable of being graded (for quality or rank or size etc.)
    graded, ranked, stratified

    arranged in a sequence of grades or ranks

    of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels of social class or income group)
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    nonhierarchic, nonhierarchical

    not classified hierarchically
    ungraded, unordered, unranked

    not arranged in order hierarchically
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