Synonyms of 'hierarchy'
We rank ourselves by the familiar dog system, a ladderlike social arrangement wherein one individual outranks all others, the next outranks all but the first, and so on down the hierarchy– Strong and Sensitive Cats]
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence– The Peter Principle]
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Thesaurus for hierarchy from the Collins English Thesaurus
A hierarchy is a system of organizing people into different ranks or levels of importance , for example in society or in a company.