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previous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of previous

  1. going before another in time or order the new instructor should consult with the previous teacher about the lesson plans the previous math problem also included a reference to store discounts Synonyms of previous antecedent, anterior, foregoing, former, precedent, preceding, prior Words Related to previous advance, early, premature; earliest, first, inaugural, initial, maiden, original, pioneer; preexisting; introductory, preliminary; erstwhile, whilom Near Antonyms of previous advanced, late; closing, concluding, final, last, latest, latter, terminal, ultimate Antonyms of previous after, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

Synonym Discussion of previous

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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