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English

Pronunciation

Adjective

prior (not comparable)

Positive
prior

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of that which comes before, in advance.
    I had no prior knowledge you were coming.
  2. former, previous
    His prior residence was smaller than his current one.

Noun

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Singular
prior

Plural
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  1. A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
  2. (law) A previous criminal offense on someone's record.

Translations

Preposition

prior

  1. before

Usage notes

Generally suffixed with "to", as in: prior to. This word is often seen as causing confusion, as well as being perceived as somewhat pompous, and using "before" instead of "prior to" has often been recommended.

Translations


Latin

Adjective

prior comparative, m./f. sing., third declension (superlative: prīmus)

  1. former, previous, prior
  2. in front
  3. (figuratively) better, superior
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) abbot, prior

Usage notes

There is no positive form of this adjective.

Inflection

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender M.F. N. MM.FF. NN.
nominative prior prius priōrēs priōra
genitive priōris priōris priōrum priōrum
dative priōrī priōrī priōribus priōribus
accusative priōrem prius priōrēs priōra
ablative priōre priōre priōribus priōribus
vocative prior prius priōrēs priōra

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