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prior(s)

n. slang for a criminal defendant's previous record of criminal charges, convictions, or other judicial disposal of criminal cases (such as probation, dismissal or acquittal). Only previous felony convictions can be introduced into evidence. However, the record of "priors" can have an impact on sentencing, as with prior drunk driving convictions requiring mandatory jail sentences, and "three strikes, you're out," providing for extended sentences for the third felony conviction.

prior

adjective antecedent, anterior, earlier, first, foregoing, former, inaugural, introductory, late, lead, old, past, precedent, preceding, precursory, prefatory, preliminary, preludial, prelusive, prevenient, previous, proemial, quondam, superior
Associated concepts: prior approval, prior conviction, prior lien, prior restraint
See also: aforesaid, antecedent, back, before mentioned, former, last, preceding, precursory, preexisting, preferred, preliminary, preparatory, previous, said
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For further details see Mary Norah Carlin, "Christ Church, Canterbury and its lands from the beginning of the priorate of Thomas Chillenden to the Dissolution (1391-1540)," Unpublished D.
Through much of 1298 the priorate had worked energetically on a diplomatic mission that established Florence as a power-broker not merely in Tuscany, but on the larger Italian scene -- the negotiation of peace between the Estense of Ferrara and Bologna (traditionally a Florentine ally).
In my opinion, the best words in this list are the nine-letter PRIORATES and the unexpected CATARRH.