fore·​go·​ing fȯr-ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce foregoing (audio)
: listed, mentioned, or occurring before
the foregoing statement can be proven
Let me elaborate on the foregoing paragraph.
Choose the Right Synonym for foregoing

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

Examples of foregoing in a Sentence

your foregoing statement contradicts your latest one for the foregoing reasons, I believe that we have no choice but to deliver a guilty verdict
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foregoing was in the 15th century

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“Foregoing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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fore·​go·​ing fōr-ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce foregoing (audio)
: going before : preceding

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