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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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 Joe Dempsie, known as Gendry Baratheon, also spoke his mind about the previous season. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Cast Had Mixed Feelings About Moments in Season 8," 20 May 2019 The town was in disrepair, thanks to its previous owner, and featured a restaurant, inn, and a coveted spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Tired of Your One-Bedroom? You Can Own This Entire Town For Less Than A U.S. Home," 17 May 2019 In the previous episode, Dany basically breaks bad—possibly becoming the Mad Queen—and torches huge swaths of King's Landing with her lone remaining dragon, Drogon. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Varys Took His Rings Off for an Important Reason," 16 May 2019 The previous owners, who purchased the home in 2014, worked to maintain its iconic architecture while updating the plumbing, wiring, climate control, and more. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019 My previous best time had been achieved after months of hard, dedicated training. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Not Training for a Race May Have Actually Helped Me Run My Fastest Time Yet," 8 Feb. 2019 So-named by the previous owner who sold to the Papinchak’s, Polymath Park was initially designed to be a Usonian community, a reference to a Wrightian style of architecture meant to be more affordable and accessible. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Her latest album, Thank U, Next, was released just six months after her previous one, Sweetener, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, making her stock go up a lot higher. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande's Net Worth Will Literally Blow Your Mind," 16 Apr. 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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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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