foregoing

adjective fore·go·ing \ fȯr-ˈgō-iŋ , -ˈgȯ(-)iŋ \
Updated on: 4 Jan 2018

Definition of foregoing

: listed, mentioned, or occurring before
  • the foregoing statement can be proven
  • Let me elaborate on the foregoing paragraph.

Examples of foregoing in a Sentence

  1. your foregoing statement contradicts your latest one

  2. for the foregoing reasons, I believe that we have no choice but to deliver a guilty verdict

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First Known Use of foregoing

15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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


FOREGOING Defined for English Language Learners

foregoing

adjective

Definition of foregoing for English Language Learners

  • : already mentioned


FOREGOING Defined for Kids

foregoing

adjective fore·go·ing \ fȯr-ˈgō-iŋ \

Definition of foregoing for Students

: going before : already mentioned
  • the foregoing examples


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