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adjective pre·vi·ous \ˈprē-vē-əs\

Definition of previous

  1. 1 :  going before in time or order :  prior

  2. 2 :  acting too soon :  premature somewhat previous in his conclusion

previously

adverb

previousness

noun

Examples of previous in a Sentence

  1. She has a child from a previous marriage.

  2. The two characters met in a previous chapter.

  3. the previous owners of the house

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Origin and Etymology of previous

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


First Known Use: 1621

Synonym Discussion of previous

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


PREVIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective pre·vi·ous \ˈprē-vē-əs\

Definition of previous for English Language Learners

  • : existing or happening before the present time

  • : earlier in time or order

  • : immediately before in time or order


PREVIOUS Defined for Kids

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adjective pre·vi·ous \ˈprē-vē-əs\

Definition of previous for Students

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

previously

adverb


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