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An example use of prime in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… in 1898 as a prime example by some …”
Prime means the first in order.
the word prime occurs in english on average 122.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.