previous vs prior

previous prior


  • 1) informal, UK An existing criminal record
  • 2) informal premature; occurring too soon.
  • 3) prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.
  • 4) Existing or occurring before something else in time or order; prior.
  • 5) Informal Acting, occurring, or done too soon; premature or hasty.
  • 6) before; -- often used adverbially for previously.
  • 7) (Parliamentary Practice) See under Question, and compare Closure.
  • 8) Going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior
  • 9) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
  • 10) too soon or too hasty
  • 11) just preceding something else in time or order


  • 1) A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
  • 2) a chief magistrate, as in the republic of Florence in the middle ages.
  • 3) a prior who is at the head of his own house. See the Note under Priory.
  • 4) informal a prior conviction; -- said of an accused criminal.
  • 5) an official next in rank to the abbot in a monastery; prior of the cloisters.
  • 6) (Eccl.) The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.
  • 7) the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
  • 8) A superior officer; a superior.
  • 9) Synonyms Abbot, Prior. See def. .
  • 10) Formerly, in Italy, a chief magistrate, as in the medieval republic of Florence.
  • 11) former, previous
  • 12) Of that which comes before, in advance.
  • 13) First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.
  • 14) Preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous
  • 15) earlier in time
  • 16) colloquial Previously.


  • 1) This scenario is not what the previous government hoped for.
  • 2) What he needs to do is understand what went wrong with the previous ones.
  • 3) Look at the price on previous days to make sure you are getting a good deal.
  • 4) The security screening facility will be three times the size of the previous one.
  • 5) For years the previous government and the last mayor buried their heads in the sand while the situation got worse.
  • 6) No previous experience needed, no legal knowledge required and no tricky exams.
  • 7) He is the absolute love of my life - which is my excuse for my sorry behaviour in my previous marriage.
  • 8) His only previous coaching experience was with Birmingham City women.
  • 9) What do previous volunteers say about their experiences?
  • 10) Six previous grade one chases had brought a clutch of silver and bronze medals.
  • 11) She and his sons and daughter by the previous marriages all survive him.
  • 12) One said there had been an argument on the taxi rank the previous night.
  • 13) Open the chamber to insert a capsule and the previous one drops into an internal bin.
  • 14) He is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter from a previous marriage.
  • 15) He had been in the thick of fighting the previous night.
  • 16) Everything about the previous hour suggested they would do it.
  • 17) In one raid the previous winter a shell splinter had punctured his lung.
  • 18) Russian oil production is heading for its first decline in a decade after recording impressive increases in previous years.
  • 19) It marred an otherwise fine performance from the centreback, who had been dropped the previous week.
  • 20) Don't use them as a substitute for the poor sleep you had the previous night.
  • 21) On the previous day England had struggled just a little.
  • 22) That his players could not impact upon a team who had won just one of their previous eight games will be particularly troubling.
  • 23) It was a loss-making business and had seen a worrying decline in passenger numbers in the previous few years.
  • 24) The most notable feature in the report was a huge leap in income and capital gains tax in April compared with the previous year.
  • 25) During the previous few weeks, he had been thinking a lot about the Internet.
  • 26) That experience, and the experiences of the previous week, taught us something about both small cars and small churches.
  • 27) Crude oil and LNG imports were up by more than 18.4 per cent on the previous year.
  • 28) ‘It follows a previous interim order which was made out for two months in April.’
  • 29) ‘The starting grids are based on a reversal of the finishing order of the previous race.’
  • 30) ‘It is the point of order I referred to during your ruling on the previous point of order.’
  • 31) ‘The order will be the reverse of the finishing order of the previous race, with the winner running last.’
  • 32) ‘Famously, he had divorced Josephine the previous year in order to found a dynasty.’
  • 33) ‘In contrast to the previous evening the pleasures of the flesh were much in evidence.’
  • 34) ‘To my surprise, it showed that the item had been delivered at 6pm the previous evening.’
  • 35) ‘Ouch - that woozy Sunday feeling when you've had a very late one the previous evening.’
  • 36) ‘Its previous owner had bought it from an aircraft museum that got into financial difficulties.’
  • 37) ‘They included previous shop owners and a man whose father had scrawled his name on the arcade's wall.’
  • 38) ‘He reportedly bought the island from its previous owners, a Japanese hotel firm.’
  • 39) ‘The previous owner had filled in spaces between the beams with sawn-up wardrobes.’
  • 40) ‘She could not recall, in fact, very well what had happened the previous evening.’
  • 41) ‘It later emerged it had already been used and returned by a previous owner and then sold again to the Galls.’
  • 42) ‘The previous owner of the Westhoughton shop ran a printing business from the premises.’
  • 43) ‘The previous owners were heavy smokers and the bricks are stained with nicotine.’
  • 44) ‘We suspect it was one of the last rooms decorated by the previous owners as they readied the house for sale.’
  • 45) ‘The inquest heard that he had spent the previous evening drinking with a friend.’
  • 46) ‘The previous owner built a spaceship in the garden, which might not appeal to everyone.’
  • 47) ‘I also managed to fill a skip to overflowing with the junk the previous owners had left behind.’


  • 1) Your head office will have received prior notice of this coupon.
  • 2) And it was only that joyous because of the hell we'd experienced prior to it.
  • 3) But we didn't know until two days prior.
  • 4) Despite that, 77 per cent of businesses said that prior work experience has an impact on employability.
  • 5) The firm compared the average house price for the three months prior to a store's opening, to the three months after.
  • 6) prior subsidence claims can make insurance difficult to get.
  • 7) This offer may be withdrawn without prior notice.
  • 8) Your own prior knowledge of the animal that you will be taking on.
  • 9) They had no prior experience of people who disagreed.
  • 10) So should you demand prior warning of who your fellow victims will be?
  • 11) This procedure should be put in place prior to the next election.
  • 12) There were to be no new classes without his prior approval.
  • 13) This means experimenting and testing without prior knowledge of the result.
  • 14) These navigational skills seem to require no prior life experience.
  • 15) Care home inspections should be allowed without prior warning at any time.
  • 16) Police were suspicious but found no evidence to suggest that she had prior knowledge of the attacks.
  • 17) The teams may seek prior outline approval for a design but it still must pass all the eligibility tests.
  • 18) The claimants had been given no prior notice of the application or of the grounds on which it had been made.
  • 19) He missed a meeting of the council last month, citing prior engagements.
  • 20) It claims that prior to completing the purchase their phone line will be tested to ensure they are placed on the correct package.
  • 21) No plant will close until 2014 because of a prior agreement.
  • 22) We reserve the right to withdraw, alter or decline this offer without prior notice.
  • 23) I don't think anybody could have expected that prior to the first game of the season.
  • 24) Should I claim a prior engagement or go?
  • 25) But I've always taken the view we have to answer this prior question first.
  • 26) I hope they've spoken to 51 per cent of shareholders and got their prior agreement.
  • 27) The term 'prior express consent' means the oral or written approval of a person...
  • 28) Nobody had used the term prior to that apart from the Romans who invented it 2000 years earlier.
  • 29) With the Cluniac reform the term prior received a specific meaning; it supplanted the provost
  • 30) In the Rule of St. Benedict the term prior occurs several times, but does does not signify any particular superior; it is indiscriminately applied to any superior, be he abbot, provost, dean, etc.
  • 31) Hirschau, which arose in Germany in the eleventh century, the term prior was also substituted for provost, and the example of the
  • 32) The prior bore the title prior ecclesia S. Maria de Metro.
  • 33) "The way we're playing it would be really great to win another title prior to heading to Paris."
  • 34) This season would be the first time since NASCAR's Chase format was introduced in 2004 that a driver wrapped up the title prior to the finale.
  • 35) Gay men are relentless in their pursuit of musical kitsch, and Taylor Swift is lucky enough to have been gifted with this label prior to fading into anonymity.
  • 36) Not, however, until the owners voted on the new title prior to the 1968 season.
  • 37) ‘It does appear that, due to the patient leaving the ward without prior notice to the staff nurse, this routine was not carried out.’
  • 38) ‘When the student returns, she must be reinstated to her prior status.’
  • 39) ‘Almost half the defendants convicted had no prior arrest records.’
  • 40) ‘What we are looking for is a prior statement inconsistent with her evidence.’
  • 41) ‘Mr. Naess was equally vague about details of his prior relationship with the complainant.’
  • 42) ‘At common law, the father of a legitimate child was seen as having a prior and stronger claim to possession of the child than the mother in disputes concerning the custody of the child.’
  • 43) ‘He testified that, in his opinion, this option was available to Mr. Lenz, given the support payments he was already making to Mrs. Lenz under the prior, informal agreement.’
  • 44) ‘Ideally each software installation would be referred to a central service for prior approval.’
  • 45) ‘Meanwhile, citizens with little prior exposure to the rudiments of democratic practices acquired repeated experience with voting.’
  • 46) ‘His prior columns on tort reform may be found in the archive of his columns on this site.’
  • 47) ‘Research has since confirmed the importance of prior knowledge to reading comprehension across a wide variety of situations.’
  • 48) ‘The courts have also looked to the logical implications and extensions of their prior precedents in deciding whether a right is fundamental.’
  • 49) ‘Although some winners were unable to attend due to prior engagements or ill-health, the vast majority of the past recipients of the prestigious award were at the dinner.’
  • 50) ‘There then follow 18 sub-paragraphs listing various actions or activities which are prohibited without the prior written consent of both shareholders.’
  • 51) ‘The seven subjects in this trial experienced the same general type of mild acute side effects described in the prior pilot clinical trial which used one-half of the dose in the current study.’
  • 52) ‘Those prior studies examined cases that were missed in the clinical laboratory.’
  • 53) ‘The AIC is a self-report measure developed for this study that records injuries that occurred in the prior 6 months.’
  • 54) ‘But it appears to us that there is a prior, but closely connected, question to which the judge did not expressly refer.’
  • 55) ‘The announcement has been made at very short notice without any prior consultation and has been a tremendous shock to those using the services.’
  • 56) ‘I will not repeat the summary of the evidence that is contained in my two prior rulings except as required to develop the argument in this ruling.’
  • 57) ‘We talked about the prior - the arrest warrants that are outstanding for this individual, Edmunds.’
  • 58) ‘This man has no priors, who has been a contributing worker throughout his life, finds himself in the dock charged with a very serious offence.’
  • 59) ‘It's a diversion program, a deferred sentencing program, for ‘predicate felons,’ people with multiple serious priors and a drug problem who would otherwise be serving long sentences.’
  • 60) ‘You know, I really think that actually there was someone on that list that had a prior, and - for marijuana, and, they had been to prison before, so there were some people that had priors.’
  • 61) ‘She had four felony convictions for burglary and petty theft with priors, and had been out of prison for a couple of years when she coolly shoplifted, then viciously fought me in the parking lot.’
  • 62) ‘I want to look Jason up on LEAP, see whether he's got any priors we might like to know about.’
  • 63) ‘Friaries were occupied by friars, abbeys were headed by abbots, priories by priors.’
  • 64) ‘Until the Reformation, the spiritual peerage also included abbots and priors, and spiritual peers formed a majority of the House of Lords.’
  • 65) ‘The first abbot of Dunfermline was Geoffrey, prior of Canterbury, while David I's Cistercian foundation at Melrose was established by monks from Rievaulx.’
  • 66) ‘Abbots were the spiritual heads of the larger monasteries (abbesses for nuns), with priors in charge of smaller or daughter houses.’
  • 67) ‘One person who presented his ideas on the longitude was Jacques Graindorge, the prior of a Benedictine abbey in Fontenay near Caen.’
  • 68) ‘Although the documents are not clear, most historians agree that he was appointed prior of the Dominican convent in Würzburg.’
  • 69) ‘Taize is a celibate, monastic community of men living under a common rule with Brother Roger as prior.’
  • 70) ‘Brother John, who became the prior at Mont-Cornillon in 1242, must have been the first male to whom Juliana spoke regarding her vision for the new feast.’
  • 71) ‘The Chartreuse de Champmol was founded for twenty-four monks and a prior, which was twice the usual number in a typical Carthusian foundation.’
  • 72) ‘He was ordained in May 1953 and has served as prior, novice master and Bursar.’

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