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English definition of “prior”

prior

adjective     /praɪər/ formal
[always before noun] existing or happening before something else : The course requires no prior knowledge of Spanish .Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind
prior to sth before a particular time or event : the weeks prior to her death Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind
(Definition of prior adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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