adjective \pri-ˈsē-diŋ\

: existing, happening, or coming before

Full Definition of PRECEDING

:  existing, coming, or occurring immediately before in time or place <the preceding day> <preceding paragraphs>

Examples of PRECEDING

  1. The preceding week he had been on vacation.
  2. <had not eaten since the preceding day>
  3. The once refulgent reign of Queen Elizabeth had come to a stale and frustrated end in the preceding year, and a new monarch had been imported from Scotland … —Christopher Hitchens, New York Times Book Review, 18 May 2003


(see precede)
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of PRECEDING

preceding, antecedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior mean being before. preceding usually implies being immediately before in time or in place <the preceding sentence>. antecedent applies to order in time and may suggest a causal relation <conditions antecedent to the revolution>. foregoing applies chiefly to statements <the foregoing remarks>. previous and prior imply existing or occurring earlier, but prior often adds an implication of greater importance <a child from a previous marriage> <a prior obligation>. former implies always a definite comparison or contrast with something that is latter <the former name of the company>. anterior applies to position before or ahead of usually in space, sometimes in time or order <the anterior lobe of the brain>.


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