Help overriding CSS stylesheet style

Greetings.  I am adding one section onto a website that is already in existence.  I do not want to modify any of the .CSS sheets that are in the main site, but I have linked to them so that I can benefit from the same styles.

However, in some situations I want to override these .css styles from the root site.   For instance, I want the text size (defined in the p tag on the main site) to be 12, but in the main root site, the size is 14.  No matter what I try, I can't seem to override this style.  I have a stylesheet used only in my section of the site, and when I try and redefine the <p> tag in this sheet, it continues to be overruled by the main sheet.  

Are there ideas of how I can best overrule the style?  At this point, I'm not concerned with best practices, but simply want this to work.  Thank you.
victoria franklinAsked:
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
Create a stylesheet for your specific page.  Then duplicate the rule declaration for the styles you have to override and put in the properties you need, then list the local stylesheet as the last one in the page.  The CSS parser overrides previous values for duplicate declarations and processes in source listing order.

This is not a best practice.  You should be consolidating the CSS; but it is a relatively risk-free hack.

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