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The children’s well-being is paramount.
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paramount paramountcy
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  • The children’s well-being is paramount.
  • She’s a one-issue voter for whom the abortion is paramount.
  • said Mrs Nickleby slowly, as if she were making a tremendous effort to recollect something of paramount importance;
    Charles Dickens  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • ...she gave her reasons. Paramount among them that...
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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  • Of course it matters! It’s paramount.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Okay, so you know that your first-screen CE responsibilities are paramount.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The desire to have a night out together was clearly mutual, but the welfare of the pups remained paramount with Angeline, even though they seemed large enough and able enough to need far less attention.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Firstly, I shouldn’t have made my desire for a child so paramount as to cloud my good judgment, which is what happened when I was interviewed by the woman at the agency.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Audrey Hepburn, twenty-one years old, opened in Gigi on Broadway, signed with Paramount Pictures and was engaged to be married.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Saul arose with paramount dignity, tugged on his belt, and spoke with a musical prepubic voice.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Concerns which clearly haven’t been paramount for you or the people you’re working with.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This was my duty, but there was another still paramount to that.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But finding peace is paramount.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • When duty, a cause, etc., is the fixed point, the latter force is paramount, and only accident or a series of accidents can balance it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I decided discretion was paramount.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I will call at four o’clock in the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of paramount importance.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • You are both welcome to my hut, but as you can see, I am in the midst of working with Eragon, and that is of paramount importance.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Here are twelve princes of the kingdom-lords paramount, and I who make thirteen; let each one bring a laundered cloak and tunic, and add one bar of honorable gold.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • What I did get was that it was paramount that we protect my mom from anything that might upset her, even if I wasn’t sure what those things were.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • But it must be: the needs of the tribe are paramount.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • His paramount concern throughout the entire assault was to keep his dark glasses and false mustache in place so that he might continue pretending he was somebody else and be spared the dreaded necessity of having to confront them with his authority.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They are ordinarily men to whom forms are of paramount importance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It was not out of keeping with these traits that on a passage when nothing demanded his paramount action, he was the most undemonstrative of men.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Discipline in the family was paramount.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Kitty felt a peculiar pleasure in being able now to talk to her mother on equal terms about those questions of such paramount interest in a woman’s life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The motive is paramount.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • ’Humph!’ said Miss Murdstone, still keeping her eye on the pickles; ’it is of more importance than anything else — it is of paramount importance — that my brother should not be disturbed or made uncomfortable.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Perhaps he did not even think of it as a sin until he thought of the man who would be waiting for him at home, since to fourteen the paramount sin would be to be publicly convicted of virginity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • But with what fitness, let it be asked of the noble lord, his patron, has this alien, whom the concession of a gracious prince has admitted to civic rights, constituted himself the lord paramount of our internal polity?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Those interests are now paramount in this office.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This paramount importance of gumption solves a problem of format of this Chautauqua.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It seemed to me that while I had been addressing him, he carefully revolved every statement that I made; fully comprehended the meaning; could not gainsay the irresistible conclusions; but, at the same time, some paramount consideration prevailed with him to reply as he did.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • "Hush, friend Sancho," said Don Quixote; "since this lady duenna comes in quest of me from such a distant land she cannot be one of those the apothecary meant; moreover this is a countess, and when countesses serve as duennas it is in the service of queens and empresses, for in their own houses they are mistresses paramount and have other duennas to wait on them."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Remember: posture is paramount.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Most backup protocols advocated a secondary backup system off-site in case of earthquake, fire, or theft, but Katherine and her brother agreed that secrecy was paramount; once this data left the building to an off-site server, they could no longer be certain it would stay private.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Among whale-wise people it has often been argued whether, considering the paramount importance of his life to the success of the voyage, it is right for a whaling captain to jeopardize that life in the active perils of the chase.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Woolf was in a career in which staying light was of paramount importance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • And paramount was that an important chest be shipped with us, a chest which might have to be fetched carefully from our house during the day and put on board, not in the freight but in our cabin.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • The regent had not forgotten that it was due to my father’s intervention that he had become acting paramount chief.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He backed away, thoughts racing through his mind, outrage paramount.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Within the walls of our academy, however, the influence of Madame Mao was still paramount and she alone controlled our political education.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • In cases like that, says the doctor, a patient’s rights are paramount.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • His eyes ordered me to cooperate, but once more-when Mahtob’s welfare was the paramount concern-I found the will to stand up to him.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I thought it would be just a little shock; but the way she took it proves that her good manners are paramount.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The family was paramount — one member’s disgrace or success belonged to all — and the herd of cows was his family’s pride, like a bank account made public, one from which you rarely made withdrawals: a source of prestige, and insurance in times of scarcity.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • To solidify this bloc became the paramount goal of Congress, expressly or impliedly governing its decisions on other issues—particularly the admission of new states, the readmission of Southern states and the determination of senatorial credentials.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Further, she was lady paramount over certain vaults in the basement, sharply spiked off from communication with the predatory world; and over the relics of the current day’s work, consisting of blots of ink, worn-out pens, fragments of wafers, and scraps of paper torn so small, that nothing interesting could ever be deciphered on them when Mrs. Sparsit tried.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • As the duties of a mother were thought to be paramount to all other considerations, the widow felt none of that embarrassment, in preferring her claims, to which even a female fortune hunter among ourselves might be liable.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It seemed as if, for other Asians at Brown, racial identity meant little more than eating with chopsticks and finding an Asian mate, and the paramount political issue seemed to be the "glass ceiling," the fact that Asians weren’t yet rising to the very tops of institutions.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He, Mr Clare, would much have liked to see d’Urberville in the Church to whose ministry he had devoted so many years of his own life, and would have helped him to enter a theological college to that end; but since his correspondent had possibly not cared to do this on account of the delay it would have entailed, he was not the man to insist upon its paramount importance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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