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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

Every time you feel depressed about something, try to identify a corresponding negative thought you had just prior to and during the depression. Because these thoughts have actually created your bad mood, by learning to restructure them, you can change your mood.
David D. Burns

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

My countrymen, I have given proofs that I am one most anxious for liberties for our country, and I am still desirous of them. But I place as a prior condition the education of the people, that by means of instruction and industry our country may have an individuality of its own and make itself worthy of these liberties.
Jose Rizal

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
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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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