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ˈpraɪ ərpri·or

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prioradjective

    the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot

  2. anterior, prior(a)adjective

    earlier in time

Wiktionary

  1. priornoun

    A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.

  2. priornoun

    A previous criminal offense on someone's record.

  3. priornoun

    In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.

  4. prioradverb

    Previously.

    The doctor had known three months prior.

  5. prioradjective

    Of that which comes before, in advance.

    I had no prior knowledge you were coming.

  6. prioradjective

    former, previous

    His prior residence was smaller than his current one.

  7. Etymology: From prior

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prioradjective

    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

  2. Prioradjective

    the superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity

  3. Etymology: [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F. prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.]

Freebase

  1. Prior

    Prior is an ecclesiastical title, derived from the Latin adjective for "earlier, first", with several notable uses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prior

    prī′or, adj. former: previous: coming before in time.—n. the head of a priory: (in Italy) formerly a chief magistrate:—fem. Prī′oress.—ns. Prī′orāte, Prī′orship, the government or office of a prior: the time during which a prior is in office; Prior′ity, state of being prior or first in time, place, or rank: preference; Prī′ory, a convent of either sex, under a prior or prioress, and next in rank below an abbey. [L. prior, former, comp. from pro-, in front.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prior' in Adjectives Frequency: #889

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prior in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of prior in a Sentence

  1. George Hobica:

    Airline staff have been given a lot more power and have become policemen in the skies since 9-11, i think many are abusing that authority. Most of your rights and company policies—including when you are entitled to compensation for your inconvenience— are spelled out in the conditions of carriage which can be found on an airline’s website. The lengthy terms are filled with jargon and legalese, though they’re still worth eyeballing to understand the basics. Here are key reasons why an airline can bump you or otherwise make travel difficult for you: 1. The airline priced tickets for this flight too low.If a carrier realizes through its electronic reservation system that a non-stop flight fills too fast, that could indicate the ticket fares are too cheap. In such a case, your flight could be switched from a non-stop to a connecting flight. 2. The air marshal needs your seat. Because air marshals protect the public, they are sometimes seated in first class without prior warning. If one of them shows up and needs your seat, you can be bumped, reassigned to another seat, or put on the next available flight. And you won’t even get an explanation; the government doesn’t want you to blab that there’s an air marshal on board. 3. The carrier abandons the route. Consolidation within the industry has prompted some airlines to cut back on the number of available flights. Some, such as Allegiant Air and Frontier, have also abandoned routes that are no longer profitable. An airline should be required to put you on another carrier for the price you paid, says Hobica. But that’s not the case.

  2. Malose Langa:

    There needs to be space, but it depends who is facilitating those conversations and what are the messages. with our history, prior to 1994, you needed to know how to use a gun, and post-1994, many young men struggle to get out of those identities.

  3. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel:

    We need certainty about the numbers and consequences, nothing will be decided prior to that.

  4. Amanda Schoch:

    Since assuming his new role on Feb. 20, Acting DNI Acting DNI Grenell and the ODNI leadership team have embarked on a careful review of these studies completed prior to his arrival, with an eye to implementing key recommendations, while the review is underway, Acting DNI Grenell has asked for a temporary, short-term pause in external hiring. A similar hiring pause was implemented in 2018 as part of ODNI's first Transformation effort.

  5. Carl Paladino:

    Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Hereford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarrett, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a jihadi cellmate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.

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