priorly

prior

1 [prahy-er]
adjective
1.
preceding in time or in order; earlier or former; previous: A prior agreement prevents me from accepting this.
2.
preceding in importance or privilege.
noun
3.
Informal. a prior conviction.
Idioms
4.
prior to, preceding; before: Prior to that time, buffalo had roamed the Great Plains in tremendous numbers.

Origin:
1705–15; < Latin: former, elder, superior (adj.), before (adv.); akin to prime, pre-

priorly, adverb


1. anterior, antecedent.
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prior1 (ˈpraɪə)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) previous; preceding
2.  prior to before; until
 
n
3.  statistics a prior probability
 
[C18: from Latin: previous]

prior2 (ˈpraɪə)
 
n
1.  the superior of a house and community in certain religious orders
2.  the deputy head of a monastery or abbey, ranking immediately below the abbot
3.  (formerly) a chief magistrate in medieval Florence and other Italian republics
 
[C11: from Late Latin: head, from Latin (adj): previous, from Old Latin pri before]

Prior (ˈpraɪə)
 
n
Matthew. 1664--1721, English poet and diplomat, noted for his epigrammatic occasional verse

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prior
1714, from L. prior "former, superior," comparative of Old L. pri "before" (see prime), related to L. præ "before" (see pre-).

prior
"superior officer of a religious house or order," 1093, from L. prior "former, superior" (see prior (adj.)).
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prior definition


  1. n.
    a prior arrest. (Underworld.) : This guy has about fifteen priors.
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