Simple Definition of preceding
: 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 in a sentence
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
The building code, layered with attempts to correct the ignorance of preceding generations, is a set of rules for coping with some of the most unruly moods of the land: mudslides, wildfires, steep slopes, a dearth of water and a surfeit of seismic activity. —Timothy Egan, New York Times, 20 Feb. 1994
I have had a fever of about three weeks during the last and preceding month, from which I am entirely recovered except as to strength. —Thomas Jefferson, letter, 4 Sept. 1823
The preceding week he had been on vacation.
<had not eaten since the preceding day>
Origin of preceding
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of preceding
PRECEDING Defined for Kids
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