prior knowledge

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Noun[edit]

prior knowledge (uncountable)

  1. the knowledge that stems from previous experience.
    I had no prior knowledge of linguistics, but that didn't stop me writing a dictionary.
  2. (law) knowledge of a set of circumstances sufficient to make actions based on those circumstances wrongful
    The defendant was convicted because the prosecutor proved the defendant's prior knowledge of the victim's particular vulnerability.