Prior vs Entire - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between prior and entire
is that prior
is of that which comes before, in advance while entire
is (sometimes|postpositive) whole; complete.
As nouns the difference between prior and entire
is that prior
is a high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot while entire
is an uncastrated horse; a stallion.
As a adverb prior
is (colloquial) previously.
Of that which comes before, in advance.
- I had no prior knowledge you were coming.
- His prior residence was smaller than his current one.
The etymological antonym is (m) (from Latin) (compare (m)/(m) for “first/last”). This is now no longer used, however, and there is no corresponding antonym. Typically either (m) or (m) are used, but these form different pairs – (m)/(m) and (m)/(m) – and are more formal than prior . When an opposing pair is needed, these can be used, or other pairs such as (m)/(m) or (m)/(m).
* See also
* prior to
- The doctor had known three months prior .
A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
* 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 53:
(statistics) In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.
- ‘And a little later we get the routine report on his prints from Washington, and he's got a prior back in Indiana, attempted hold-up six years ago.’
* intire (obsolete)
(sometimes, postpositive) Whole; complete.
(botany) Having a smooth margin without any indentation.
(botany) Consisting of a single piece, as a corolla.
(complex analysis, of a complex function) Complex-differentiable]] on all of [[?.
(of a, male animal) Not gelded.
Without mixture or alloy of anything; unqualified; morally whole; pure; faithful.
* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
- pure fear and entire cowardice
- No man had ever a heart more entire to the king.
An uncastrated horse; a stallion.
* 2005', He asked why Hijaz was an '''entire . You know what an entire is, do you not, Anna? A stallion which has not been castrated. — James Meek, ''The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 124)
(philately) A complete envelope with stamps and all official markings: (prior to the use of envelopes) a page folded and posted.