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
: going before in time or order : prior
: acting too soon : premature <somewhat previous in his conclusion>
— pre·vi·ous·ly adverb
— pre·vi·ous·ness noun
Examples of PREVIOUS
- She has a child from a previous marriage.
- The two characters met in a previous chapter.
- the previous owners of the house
Origin of PREVIOUS
leading the way, from prae-
pre- + via
way — more at way
First Known Use: 1625
Related to PREVIOUS
- antecedent, anterior, foregoing, former, precedent, preceding, prior
- after, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding
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