prior
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French; both from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, administrator, from Latin, former, superior Date: before 12th century 1. the superior ranking next to the abbot of a monastery 2. the superior of a house or group of houses of any of various religious communities • priorate nounpriorship noun II. adjective Etymology: Latin, former, superior; akin to Latin priscus ancient, prae before — more at for Date: 1709 1. earlier in time or order ; previous <
by prior agreement
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2. taking precedence (as in importance) Synonyms: see precedingpriorly adverb

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