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  1. [mathematics] The order in which operators are evaluated in an expression; operators with a higher precedence are evaluated before those with a lower precedence. If all operators in an expression have the same precedence, they are evaluated in the order in which they appear, from left to right. Parentheses may be used to override operator precedence; portions of an expression within parenthesis are evaluated first, and parenthetical expressions may be nested.

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