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Adjective: prior  prI(-u)r
  1. Earlier in time
    - anterior
Noun: prior  prI(-u)r
  1. The head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
     
  2. (statistics) the probability distribution of a variate before any new data is known
     
  3. (law) a previous recorded criminal offence

Derived forms: priors

See also: antecedent

Type of: distribution, probability distribution, statistical distribution, superior

Encyclopedia: Prior