Prior vs Entire - What's the difference?

prior | entire |


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.

prior

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Of that which comes before, in advance.
  • I had no prior knowledge you were coming.
  • former, previous
  • His prior residence was smaller than his current one.

    Usage notes

    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).

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * prior to

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (colloquial) Previously.
  • The doctor had known three months prior .

    Noun

    (wikipedia prior) (en noun)
  • A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
  • * 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 53:
  • ‘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.’
  • (statistics) In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.
  • entire

    English

    (wikipedia entire)

    Alternative forms

    * intire (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (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
  • * Clarendon
  • No man had ever a heart more entire to the king.
  • Internal; interior.
  • (Spenser)

    Derived terms

    * entirety

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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.
  • Anagrams

    * (l)