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Prior meaning

prior - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.
  2. 2. Preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous; as, a prior discovery; prior obligation; -- used elliptically in cases like the following: he lived alone [ in the time] prior to his marriage.
  3. 3. The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.
  4. 4. Previous; former.
  5. 5. Priority.
  6. 6. The head of a priory.

prior - examples of usage

  1. I write this prior to visiting Downing Street, where it will be quite impossible, amongst so many people, to speak to you. - "The Sins of Séverac Bablon", Sax Rohmer.
  2. Hence it follows, that the neighbouring work, which we now call Bromford- forge, was a mill prior to the conquest; because the stream is evidently turned out of its bed to feed it. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. Then the prior bade Brother Jasper go to the church and wait. - "Orientations", William Somerset Maugham.
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