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prime

(prīm) [L. primus, first]
1. The period of greatest health and strength.
2. To give an initial treatment in preparation for either a larger dose of the same medicine, or a different medicine.

prime

n : a cue given to prompt, facilitate or inhibit a particular response in experimental studies; or v : the act of presenting a prime.

prime

first grade or best quality.
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I partition the T-bill changes into increases and decreases to test for asymmetric response of the latent prime rate, [Y.
t-1] measures the misalignment of the prime rate relative to the latent level, these restrictions on the threshold coefficients would imply that the necessary degrees of misalignment to bring about increases and decreases in the prime rate are equal to each other:
t-1] needed to change in the prime rate is substantially larger for a decrease of any size than for a corresponding increase.
For either sample period, the impetus needed to induce a decrease in the prime rate is large enough to lift the average level of the prime rate relative to the mean of the latent prime, [Y.