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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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I must inform you, gentlemen, that the Priory is a preparatory school, of which I am the founder and principal.
Lent her by Father Christopher of the priory, forsooth--that is ever her answer.
Aylward's words were interrupted by an extraordinary hubbub which broke out that instant some little way down the street in the direction of the Priory.
de Barral, expecting him every day, lived at the Priory, with a carriage and pair, a governess for the child and many servants.
She might have been left in the Priory to the end of time had not the high-toned governess threatened to send in her resignation.
Winkle descended, 'hope there warn't a priory 'tachment, sir?
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THE history of Merseyside's oldest building, the 800-yearold Birkenhead Priory, will be told by young people through dance, drama, music, film and photography at a new Production next week.
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Ewenny Priory Church is the most complete and impressive Norman church in South Wales and one of the finest examples of a fortified church building in Europe.