Meaning of hierarchical in English:


Pronunciation /hʌɪəˈrɑːkɪk(ə)l/


  • Of the nature of a hierarchy; arranged in order of rank.

    ‘the hierarchical bureaucracy of a local authority’
    • ‘The social structures of traditional societies are hierarchical.’
    • ‘In fact, the post-Cold War world is an increasingly hierarchical one.’
    • ‘The atmosphere is that of a large, hierarchical and slightly old-fashioned American corporation.’
    • ‘I am already too far up the hierarchical structure for my liking.’
    • ‘The Met is very hierarchical, and the more senior the officer, the more likely his views are going to be followed.’
    • ‘In Japan's hierarchical society, many people think it is improper to assume jobs to which they not been assigned.’
    • ‘Labor's task is to flatten this hierarchical system and to dissolve the power-elite.’
    • ‘No social life, indeed no life at all, is possible without hierarchical organization.’
    • ‘If you look at big businesses, they are moving more and more to a collective team rather than a hierarchical system.’
    • ‘I had grown up with a very hierarchical view of the world, based on clearly defined levels of status.’
    • ‘Given my background in business, it made sense to have a clear hierarchical chain of command.’
    • ‘Bureaucracies are generally too inflexible and hierarchical to allow the learning organization to flourish.’
    • ‘There are essentially four layers of hierarchical division within the Commission bureaucracy.’
    • ‘But one senior WHO insider said that there has been a gradual reversion to the old hierarchical system.’
    • ‘It points the finger at the hierarchical system that penalises juniors for questioning their seniors' decisions.’
    • ‘Yet these changes seem to be ignored in the health industry, which is moving further towards formal hierarchical control.’
    • ‘As in any hierarchical system, each functional level builds on the one below it.’
    • ‘The system of administration is hierarchical and therefore has a high degree of coherence.’
    • ‘Our civil service is based on a hierarchical military model of command.’
    • ‘As in other highly militarized states, Aztec society was rigidly hierarchical and extremely punitive.’