- to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
- to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.
- to go or come before.
- Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
Origin of precede
Examples from the Web for unpreceded
An Arctic night—unpreceded by twilight—fell, and there dawned the sabbath of the witches.The Big Bow Mystery
- to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
- (tr) to preface or introduce
Word Origin and History for unpreceded
early 15c., "lead the way; occur before," from Middle French preceder and directly from Latin praecedere "to go before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Meaning "to walk in front of" is late 15c.; that of "to go before in rank or importance" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.