Existing or coming before in time, order, or importance
The male head of a house or group of houses of certain religious orders, in particular:
visitors can tour the mill by prior arrangement
The methods, technology, and other knowledge relevant to and in existence prior to an invention for which a patent is being sought.
A foreign prior affiliated to an alien priory.
= Grand Prior.
A lien on property (or other assets) which has priority over other liens on the same property.
A class of stock or capital on which claims for payment take precedence over the claims of ordinary stock or capital
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
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 the seventeenth century clocks were made by blacksmiths