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previous

[pree-vee-uh s] /ˈpri vi əs/
adjective
1.
coming or occurring before something else; prior:
the previous owner.
2.
Informal. done, occurring, etc., before the proper time; premature:
Aren't you a little previous with that request?
Idioms
3.
previous to, before; prior to:
Previous to moving here she lived in Chicago.
Origin of previous
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin praevius going before, equivalent to prae- pre- + vi(a) way + -us adj. suffix
Related forms
previously, adverb
previousness, noun
Synonyms
1. earlier, former, preceding, foregoing.
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  • These were all the modifications he had to make in his previous statements.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I suppose they do not know that you were—that you have had any previous hospital experience.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Palmer had the car out—had, indeed, not been home since the morning of the previous day.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Schwitter had taken in five hundred dollars the previous day.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions will be renamed.

British Dictionary definitions for previous

previous

/ˈpriːvɪəs/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) existing or coming before something else in time or position; prior
2.
(postpositive) (informal) taking place or done too soon; premature
3.
previous to, before; prior to
Derived Forms
previously, adverb
previousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin praevius leading the way, from prae before + via way
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Word Origin and History for previous
adj.

1620s, from Latin praevius "going before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + via "road" (see via). Related: Previously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for previous

previous

noun

An earlier conviction: Kid looks clean; no previous (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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