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pri•or



Pronunciation: (prī'ur), [key]
adj.
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.
3. prior to, preceding; before: Prior to that time, buffalo had roamed the Great Plains in tremendous numbers.

n.
Informal.a prior conviction.

pri•or



Pronunciation: (prī'ur), [key]
n.
1. an officer in a monastic order or religious house, sometimes next in rank below an abbot.
2. a chief magistrate, as in the medieval republic of Florence.

Pri•or



Pronunciation: (prī'ur), [key]
n.
Matthew, 1664–1721, English poet.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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