the former

noun

Definition of the former

: 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.

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“The former.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20former. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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