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Definition of Prior

Prior

  1. First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.
  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. The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.

Prior Quotations

One of things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don't have prior awareness, you don't have any idea what hit you.
Kay Redfield Jamison

Since 2001, the Patriot Act has provided the means to detect and disrupt terrorist threats against the U.S. Prior to enactment of the law, major legal barriers prevented intelligence, national defense, and law enforcement agencies from working together and sharing information.
Roger Wicker

When I arrived at Campbell on January 8, 2001, the company had lost half its market value in the prior year. They had to cut costs to the point where they were literally taking the chicken out of chicken noodle soup and the product was no longer competitive.
Douglas Conant

I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
Bob Dylan

Oh yes, as a matter of fact it is quite interesting that exercises can be conducted which demonstrate conclusively that there are memories which exist prior to this life.
L. Ron Hubbard
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Prior Translations

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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