prior to
preposition Date: 1706 in advance of ; before Usage: Sometimes termed pompous or affected, prior to is a synonym of before that most often appears in rather formal contexts, such as the annual reports of corporations. It may occasionally emphasize the notion of anticipation <
if page makeup decisions are verified and approved prior to typesetting, proofreading of pages afterward becomes unnecessary — Publishers Weekly
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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