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prior1 US English

Existing or coming before in time, order, or importance

prior2 US English

A man who is head of a house or group of houses of certain religious orders, in particular

prior US Thesaurus

by prior arrangement

prior to US English

Before a particular time or event

prior art US English

The methods, technology, and other knowledge relevant to and in existence prior to an invention for which a patent is being sought.

alien prior US English

A foreign prior affiliated to an alien priory.

Great Prior US English

= Grand Prior.

prior lien US English

A lien on property (or other assets) which has priority over other liens on the same property.

prior charge US English

A class of stock or capital on which claims for payment take precedence over the claims of ordinary stock or capital

prior restraint US English

Judicial suppression of material that would be published or broadcast, on the grounds that it is libelous or harmful. In US law, the First Amendment severely limits the ability of the government to do this

prior probability US English

A probability as assessed before making reference to certain relevant observations, especially subjectively or on the assumption that all possible outcomes be given the same probability

prior to in prior1 US English

Before a particular time or event

prior to in prior US Thesaurus

prior to bedtime, set the clocks back an hour

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