[SOLVED] CSS Specificity – Conflicts between CSS selectors


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I am having a question regarding the following pseudo-class selector.

Even with !important, the text under this li:first-child is not showing blue.

p has Selector Specificity: (0, 0, 1)
li:first-child has Selector Specificity: (0, 1, 1)

I am expecting the xyz to be blue but it is red.

Unless comment out CSS for p (red color).

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<html lang="en">
      p {
        color: red;
      li:first-child {
        color: blue !important;
        list-style: none;


The li:first-child makes the color of the <li> blue, but the <p> is still red.

li:first-child selects the li that is a first child, not the first child of the li.

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