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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Even the first of these, nominally an installation lap to test everything was working, was well inside the previous record at 6:25. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen I.D. R Smashes Nürburgring EV Record," 3 June 2019 He and Casiraghi have a 6-month-old son named Balthazar together in addition to each having a child from their previous relationships. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Princess Grace’s Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Wears Saint Laurent to Marry in Monaco," 1 June 2019 As of today, Microsoft is abandoning its previous Windows 10 Store exclusivity and bringing all its future first-party PC titles to Steam—and potentially other storefronts as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Every future Xbox game Microsoft makes for PC will launch on Steam, too," 30 May 2019 Meanwhile President Trump has spoken openly about his skepticism over climate change and has generally scaled back the environmental efforts put in place by the previous administration, including pulling out of the Paris climate accords. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Plans to Have Tea with Donald Trump," 21 May 2019 In a way, the throne (and the quest for it) is what led Dany to become just as tyrannical as other previous rulers, so Drogon knows what really killed Dany. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Did Drogon Destroy the Iron Throne in the 'Game of Thrones' Finale?," 20 May 2019 Tom's previous parts include a supporting role in the movie Slender Man, in which Joey King starred. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Cast Of "The Society" And Their Characters," 10 May 2019 All of this is in keeping with lots of previous research, which indicated that establishing a group identity is incredibly important to humans. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 While the internet was busy fantasizing about how the 2020 Toyota Supra would look with previous-gen A80 Supra parts, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) was readying its own modded Supra for the Osaka Automesse show. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 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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The first known use of previous was in 1621

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previous

adjective

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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