prior

Generally you should eat dinner prior to brushing your teeth. Use the adjective prior for things that exist earlier in time or that happen first in time or order.

This is a formal word that is often used in legal language. A prior claim is a person's right to something that is considered more important or valuable because it came first. If you're looking for a less formal synonym, choose the word previous. Prior is from a Latin word with the same spelling.

Primary Meanings of prior

1.
adj
earlier in time
2.
n
the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
Full Definitions of prior
1

adj earlier in time

Synonyms:
anterior
antecedent
preceding in time or order
2

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

Type of:
superior
the head of a religious community

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