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pre·vi·ous

adjective \ˈprē-vē-əs\

: existing or happening before the present time

: earlier in time or order

: immediately before in time or order

Full Definition of PREVIOUS

1
:  going before in time or order :  prior
2
:  acting too soon :  premature <somewhat previous in his conclusion>
pre·vi·ous·ly adverb
pre·vi·ous·ness noun

Examples of PREVIOUS

  1. She has a child from a previous marriage.
  2. The two characters met in a previous chapter.
  3. the previous owners of the house

Origin of PREVIOUS

Latin praevius leading the way, from prae- pre- + via way — more at way
First Known Use: 1625

Rhymes with PREVIOUS

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