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
Recent Examples of preceding from the Web
The IRS won't demand money over the phone without a preceding letter, and won't insist on payment without informing taxpayers of the appeal process, according to officials.
Despite a cliffhanger on the reality show the preceding night, the station carried the match between the Cubs' Jake Arrieta and the Nats' Max Scherzer, sparking an outcry on social media.
In 2014, emissions increased by a mere 0.7 percent, down from an average annual rate of 2.3 percent in the preceding decade.
In the preceding decade, classical labels had profited immensely by converting their back catalogs from LP to CD.
That's nearly double from the preceding year, at $1,370,788 in 2014.
The seaside community had a total of nearly 1,600 official beach-closure days in the preceding decade.
The preceding paragraphs were based on The New York Times’s report on the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 — loosely, very loosely.
The visuals are enough to make this spot a totally jarring juxtaposition when paired with the particularly dark preceding scene, but don’t let the funky music distract you from the song lyrics in the advertisement.
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Synonym Discussion of preceding
PRECEDING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preceding for English Language Learners
: existing, happening, or coming before
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