equity which is prior in time is better in right

equity which is prior in time is better in right
A principle or maxim of equity. The Latin form is qui prior est tempore potior est jure. The meaning is that where opposing equities are otherwise equal, the one which is prior in time is entitled to precedence or preference. 27 Am J2d Eq § 149.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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