Definition of "prior" []

  • Preceding in time or order: "[They] insist that foreign vessels seeking access obtain prior approval” ( Seymour M. Hersh). (adjective)
  • Preceding in importance or value: a prior consideration. (adjective)
  • A monastic officer in charge of a priory or ranking next below the abbot of an abbey. (noun)
  • One of the ruling magistrates of the medieval Italian republic of Florence. (noun)
  • Previous; preceding (adjective)

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  • A prior probability (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "prior" in a sentence
  • "The term 'prior express consent' means the oral or written approval of a person..."
  • "Nobody had used the term prior to that apart from the Romans who invented it 2000 years earlier."
  • "The prior bore the title prior ecclesia S. Maria de Metro."