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prior to

prep.
Preceding; before: "prior to the changes of ownership and editorship" (Brendan Gill).
Translations
قَبْل
před
inden
megelõzõen: vmit megelõzõen
á undan, fyrir
-den önce /evvel

prior1

(ˈpraiə) adjective
1. already arranged for the same time. a prior engagement.
2. more important. She gave up her job as she felt her family had a prior claim on her attention.
priˈority (-ˈo-)
1. the right to be or go first. An ambulance must have priority over other traffic.
2. (plural priˈorities) something that must be considered or done first. Our (first) priority is to feed the hungry.
prior to
before. Prior to working in America, he had travelled in Europe.
References in classic literature ?
It would be better to say that such parts had a relative order, in virtue of one being prior to another.
It only remains now to speak of ecclesiastical principalities, touching which all difficulties are prior to getting possession, because they are acquired either by capacity or good fortune, and they can be held without either; for they are sustained by the ancient ordinances of religion, which are so all-powerful, and of such a character that the principalities may be held no matter how their princes behave and live.
She had never had a slave under her control previously to myself, and prior to her marriage she had been dependent upon her own industry for a living.
Besides, the notion of a city naturally precedes that of a family or an individual, for the whole must necessarily be prior to the parts, for if you take away the whole man, you cannot say a foot or a hand remains, unless by equivocation, as supposing a hand of stone to be made, but that would only be a dead one; but everything is understood to be this or that by its energic qualities and powers, so that when these no longer remain, neither can that be said to be the same, but something of the same name.
Prior to that experience, my back had been good for every violent strain put upon it in a none too gentle career.
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or Duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
Knowledge is prior to any particular knowledge, and exists not in the previous state of the individual, but of the race.
It remains to state, that prior to this publication of M.
How long, prior to the year of our Lord 0083, this great whaling house was in existence, my numerous fish-documents do not make plain; but in that year it fitted out the first English ships that ever regularly hunted the Sperm Whale; though for some score of years previous (ever since) our valiant Coffins and Maceys of Nantucket and the Vineyard had in large fleets pursued that Leviathan, but only in the North and South Atlantic: not elsewhere.
The disciplined armies always kept on foot on the continent of Europe, though they bear a malignant aspect to liberty and economy, have, notwithstanding, been productive of the signal advantage of rendering sudden conquests impracticable, and of preventing that rapid desolation which used to mark the progress of war prior to their introduction.
This circumstance did not greatly disconcert me, however, because I attributed it, not so much to any dislike of my person, as to some absolute resolution against a second marriage formed prior to the time of our acquaintance, whether from excess of affection for her late husband, or because she had had enough of him and the matrimonial state together.
He had met Ernest shortly prior to the "preacher's night.