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ˈpraɪ ərpri·or

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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. prior

    Antecedent may denote simple priority in time, implying no direct connection between that which goes before and that which follows; as, the striking of one clock may be always antecedent to the striking of another with no causal connection between them. Antecedent and previous may refer to that which goes or happens at any distance in advance, preceding is limited to that which is immediately or next before; an antecedent event may have happened at any time before; the preceding transaction is the one completed just before the one with which it is compared; a previous statement or chapter may be in any part of the book that has gone before; the preceding statement or chapter comes next before without an interval. Previous often signifies first by right; as, a previous engagement. Foregoing is used only of that which is spoken or written; as, the foregoing statements. Anterior, while it can be used of time, is coming to be employed chiefly with reference to place; as the anterior lobes of the brain. Prior bears exclusive reference to time, and commonly where that which is first in time is first also in right; as, a prior demand. Former is used of time, or of position in written or printed matter, not of space in general. We can say former times, a former chapter, etc., but not the former part of a garden; we should say the front part of the garden, the forward car of a train. Former has a close relation, or sharp contrast, with something following; the former always implies the latter, even when not fully expressed, as in Acts i, 1, and Eccles. vii, 10.

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, anterior, earlier, foregoing, former, forward, front, introductory, precedent, preceding, preliminary, previous

    Antonyms:
    after, concluding, consequent, following, hind, hinder, hindmost, later, latter, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

    Preposition:
    Such was the state of things previous to the revolution. [Previous to is often used adverbially, in constructions where previously to would be more strictly correct; as, these arrangements were made previous to my departure.]

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.3 / 6 votes

  1. prior

    Synonyms:
    preceding, previous, former, antecedent, precedent, earlier, anterior, foregoing

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. prioradjective

    the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot

    Antonyms:
    subsequent

  2. anterior, prior(a)adjective

    earlier in time

    Antonyms:
    subsequent

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. prioradjective

    Synonyms:
    former, preceding, previous, anterior, antecedent, precedent, foregoing, precursory

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words1.0 / 1 vote

  1. prioradjective

    Synonyms:
    previous, former, antedecent, anterior

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How to use prior in a sentence?

  1. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin:

    No Uvalde County police department officer saw the shooter on May 24 prior to him entering Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, no Uvalde County police officers had any opportunity to take a shot at the gunman.

  2. The IRS:

    I believe this lack of notice may not satisfy taxpayers' due process rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution because taxpayers do not have a meaningful opportunity to contest the certifications prior to them taking place.

  3. Lisa Drayer:

    Berries should be washed just prior to eating because the moisture can cause them to spoil earlier.

  4. Jeremy Woodrow:

    Had we known prior to the deadline, our request may have been different.

  5. Defence Department spokesman Bill Urban:

    These excessive maritime claims are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention in that they purport to restrict the navigation rights that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise, no claimants were notified prior to the transit, which is consistent with our normal process and international law.


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