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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hierarchical mean? 

HIERARCHICAL (adjective)
  The adjective HIERARCHICAL has 1 sense:

1. classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers

  Familiarity information: HIERARCHICAL used as an adjective is very rare.

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HIERARCHICAL (adjective)

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Classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers


hierarchal; hierarchic; hierarchical

Context examples:

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


class-conscious; stratified ((used of society) socially hierarchical)

gradable (capable of being graded (for quality or rank or size etc.))

graded; ranked; stratified (arranged in a sequence of grades or ranks)

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


nonhierarchical (not classified hierarchically)

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