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 for Conventual prior
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prior \Pri"or\, n. [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F.
     prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.]
     1. (Eccl.) The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot
        in dignity.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. a chief magistrate, as in the republic of Florence in the
        middle ages. --[RHUD]
        [PJC]
  
     Conventical prior, or Conventual prior, a prior who is at
        the head of his own house. See the Note under Priory.
  
     Claustral prior, an official next in rank to the abbot in a
        monastery; prior of the cloisters.
        [1913 Webster]

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