- Existing or coming before in time, order, or importance: he has a prior engagement this eveningMore example sentences
- It does appear that, due to the patient leaving the ward without prior notice to the staff nurse, this routine was not carried out.
- When the student returns, she must be reinstated to her prior status.
- Almost half the defendants convicted had no prior arrest records.
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- A previous criminal conviction: he had no juvenile record, no priorsMore example sentences
- We talked about the prior - the arrest warrants that are outstanding for this individual, Edmunds.
- This man has no priors, who has been a contributing worker throughout his life, finds himself in the dock charged with a very serious offence.
- It's a diversion program, a deferred sentencing program, for ‘predicate felons,’ people with multiple serious priors and a drug problem who would otherwise be serving long sentences.
- Before: she visited me on the day prior to her deathMore example sentences
- In the weeks and months prior to his death, he took some steps to organise his financial affairs.
- Why are cameras not placed at frequent intervals on this road or, at the very least prior to a sharp bend?
- He said that the back of the silver Rover had been clipped by the blue Mercedes prior to the collision.
early 18th century: from Latin, literally 'former, elder', related to prae 'before'.
- 1.1The man next in rank below an abbot.More example sentences
- Friaries were occupied by friars, abbeys were headed by abbots, priories by priors.
- Until the Reformation, the spiritual peerage also included abbots and priors, and spiritual peers formed a majority of the House of Lords.
- The first abbot of Dunfermline was Geoffrey, prior of Canterbury, while David I's Cistercian foundation at Melrose was established by monks from Rievaulx.
- 1.2The head of a house of friars.More example sentences
- Although the documents are not clear, most historians agree that he was appointed prior of the Dominican convent in Würzburg.
- Taize is a celibate, monastic community of men living under a common rule with Brother Roger as prior.
- Brother John, who became the prior at Mont-Cornillon in 1242, must have been the first male to whom Juliana spoke regarding her vision for the new feast.
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- Their organization was strictly hierarchical, into priorates, then bailiwicks and lastly commanderies.
- He painted it in the year of our Lord 1413, in the month of February, during the time of Matthew's priorate of this monastery.
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- Under his priorship great care was given to the liturgical chant, to studies in general and the strengthening of the monastic spirit.
- Fr John Keating, O.Carm., during his priorship (1976-82), removed the choir stalls from the Oratory and installed the present seating in order to accommodate the growing numbers coming to the Eucharist on Sundays.
late Old English, from a medieval Latin noun use of Latin prior 'elder, former' (see prior1).