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prior charge


Definitions of prior charge

(CRIMINAL LAW) used to describe a criminal charge (=a formal accusation of a crime) previously brought against a person

Ryan is also charged with obstruction and violating probation on a prior charge of possession of cocaine.

used to describe a lender's right to the first claim on a borrower's assets under a loan agreement

There may be a prior charge over the property if it is mortgaged.