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1. the superior of a house and community in certain religious orders
2. the deputy head of a monastery or abbey, ranking immediately below the abbot
3. (formerly) a chief magistrate in medieval Florence and other Italian republics


Matthew. 1664--1721, English poet and diplomat, noted for his epigrammatic occasional verse
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(1) A superior of a small Catholic monastery.

(2) The official second in rank after the grand master in various religious orders of knights.

(3) In the medieval communes of central Italy, the head of a guild, who was usually a member of the commune’s administration (priorate).

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However, the selection of control patients in some prior studies raised questions about possible unmeasured confounding, he noted.
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Building on the same sites as option two, but with added scope for health provision and youth facilities, new homes around Queen Margaret's Road and a new park in the Prior Deram area to go towards replacing open space lost to new homes on Prior Deram Park.