Define: Hierarchical

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Definition: Hierarchical



What is the dictionary definition of Hierarchical?

Dictionary Definition


  1. Pertaining to a hierarchy.
  2. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastic or priestly order.
  3. Classified or arranged according to various criteria into successive ranks or grades.

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Full Definition of Hierarchical


Having a structure consisting of multiple levels. A hierarchical business structure would mean that the chain of command looks like a pyramid, with a large base of workers, who are directly supervised by the smaller level above them, who are in turn supervised by the level above them, continuing on to the top ranking officer such as the company President or CEO. Alternatively, anything which can be broken down into a series of levels which range from broad to specific can be considered hierarchical.


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Synonyms For Hierarchical


hierarchal, chain of command, hierarchy, hierarchies, hierarchic


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Hierarchical are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 17th January 2020.