prime (adj.)
principal, chief, foremost
H8 I.ii.67.1[Queen Katherine to King Henry, of the grievances about taxation] There is no primer baseness / business [i.e. no more serious wickedness / urgent matter] [F basenesse]
H8 III.ii.162[King Henry to Wolsey] Have I not made you / The prime man of the state?
Tem I.ii.426[Ferdinand to Miranda] My prime request ... is ... / If you be maid or no?
Tem I.ii.72[Prospero to Miranda] Prospero the prime duke
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