previous

adjective
pre·​vi·​ous | \ ˈprē-vē-əs How to pronounce previous (audio) \

Definition of previous

1 : going before in time or order : prior the previous owners previous attempts had failed reread the previous page
2 : acting too soon : premature somewhat previous in his conclusion

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Other Words from previous

previously adverb
Physicists have constructed a pipette that dispenses a billionth of a trillionth of a liter, a droplet that's a thousand times as small as volumes previously achieved. — A. Cunningham Previously, many mutations have been induced by harsh treatments such as X rays, UV light or chemicals. — Kevin Struhl
previousness noun
Had I been capable of looking closer then, I might have asked myself why every kind of previousness miraculously survived there … — Robyn Davidson

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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 previous in a Sentence

She has a child from a previous marriage. The two characters met in a previous chapter. the previous owners of the house
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Recent Examples on the Web The Redskins have won just one of their previous six games against the Cowboys in Washington. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 The seventh-generation X1 Carbon also has solid performance and provides a good upgrade from previous models. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen mini-review: Minor updates made to a stellar machine," 13 Sep. 2019 In the previous edition of the same poll, conducted in July, Biden sat at 24 percent, Sanders at 19 percent, Warren at 17 percent, and Kamala Harris at 16 percent. John Mccormack, National Review, "Is Sanders Surging?," 12 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the previous iPad model is already being discounted widely, with retailers including Walmart and Amazon currently selling it for $249. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Apple’s New iPad Is Bigger and More Connected," 10 Sep. 2019 To see how the previous model performed on windows that hadn’t been cleaned in two whole years (through all kinds of weather), check out this video below. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "The Hottest New Robot Cleaner Is for Your Windows, Not Your Floors," 10 Sep. 2019 In his previous 16 games with the team, Ross had compiled 210 receiving yards. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 1 winners, losers: Browns look sloppy against Titans," 9 Sep. 2019 Meyers, a Notre Dame Prep graduate, bested her previous world record in the women’s 400-meter freestyle S13, finishing in 4 minutes, 22.34 seconds. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Timonium’s Becca Meyers wins gold, sets world record at World Para Swimming Championships," 9 Sep. 2019 The company didn’t say why, but the decision on previous models was usually over battery life concerns. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Razer Blade Stealth 13 crams GTX 1650 graphics into a thin-and-light gaming laptop," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of previous

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for previous

Latin praevius leading the way, from prae- pre- + via way — more at way

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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of previous was in 1621

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previous

adjective
How to pronounce previous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of previous

: existing or happening before the present time
: earlier in time or order
: immediately before in time or order

previous

adjective
pre·​vi·​ous | \ ˈprē-vē-əs How to pronounce previous (audio) \

Kids Definition of previous

: going before in time or order : preceding No previous experience is needed.

Other Words from previous

previously adverb

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