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former

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of former

  1. 1 having been such at some previous time the coach is a former professional baseball player Synonyms of former erstwhile, late, old, once, onetime, other, past, quondam, sometime, whilom Words Related to former bygone, dead, defunct, departed, expired, extinct, gone, long-ago, vanished Near Antonyms of former contemporary, current, extant, ongoing, present, present-day; coming, future, prospective, unborn

  2. 2 going before another in time or order the former manual had some errors, but the current version has its own problems Synonyms of former antecedent, anterior, foregoing, previous, precedent, preceding, priorWords Related to former advance, early, premature; earliest, first, inaugural, initial, maiden, original, pioneer; preexisting; introductory, preliminary; erstwhile, whilomNear Antonyms of former advanced, late; closing, concluding, final, last, latest, latter, terminal, ultimateAntonyms of former after, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

Synonym Discussion of former

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


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