the former

Definition of the former

  1. :  the first one of two things or people that have been mentioned Of these two options, the former is less expensive, while the latter is less risky. If offered a choice between death and exile, he said that he would choose the former.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  coming before in time

    :  of, relating to, or occurring in the past

    :  preceding in place or arrangement :  foregoing

  1. :  one that forms

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