First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.
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.
The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Abraham Lincoln
I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be. Bob Dylan
It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration. Edsger Dijkstra
prior in Danish is forbigangen
prior in Dutch is voorafgaand, verleden, voorgaand
prior in Italian is ancor prima
prior in Latin is praepositus prepositus, prepositus, prior
prior in Portuguese is previamente
prior in Spanish is anterior, pasada
prior in Swedish is tidigare
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