American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. Preceding; before: "prior to the changes of ownership and editorship” ( Brendan Gill).
- prep. formal before
“This system of associated or congregate labour in silence by day and cellular separation at night, for which, under the name of the Auburn System, so much excellence has been claimed in American penology, was thus inaugurated at Rome in the beginning of the eighteenth century, more than a hundred years prior to the introduction of the method into use here.”
“I had had many feverish flus prior to the one in 2000 that led to small-fiber sensory neuropathy.”
“Where in the world can a researcher hope to find a group of individuals with autoimmune disease who also just happen to have had their blood taken, frozen, and safely stored away for the past twenty years—allowing researchers to examine that blood to determine whether they developed autoantibodies years prior to falling sick or not?”
“The only single girl of the group, Farrah eventually revealed that her daughter Sophia's father died months prior to her being born.”
“The meeting was fraught with conflict, which only intensified when the State University of New York at Buffalo environmentalists working with Vena presented a map to residents that night charting two other major waste sites that had, for years prior to being cleaned up, lingered unaddressed in the East Ferry and Delavan-Grider neighborhoods.”
“However, these continue to leach out from goods manufactured prior to that time, as well as circulate into the air, soil, and sediment, which is why they continue to be commonly detected in our fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.”
“Typically, one or two autoantibodies appeared ten years prior to disease, more appeared two to five years prior to disease, and several more appeared like a final drum roll just a few months before the patient experienced the first symptoms of lupus.”
“And my prize, my kind and pretty gold-star boyfriend of four months, did dump me prior to the prom—but I believe for him it was no brief stumble on his path toward appreciating me, it was just a wearying of my intrinsic, idiosyncratic value, exacerbated, I fear, by my refusal to allow him to get his hands down my pants or across my flat, flat chest.”
“Kant (Rechtslehre, p. 1, §§ 8, 9) grants indeed a provisory proprietorship in the condition of nature prior to the formation of the State; but definite and peremptory ownership arises only through the civil laws and under the protection of the coercive power of Government.”
“In 2003, they published a landmark study showing that of those servicemen and women who did develop lupus, 88 percent had at least one autoantibody to lupus ten years prior to diagnosis.”
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