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ci-devant

[ seeduh-vahn; English see-duh-vahn ]
/ sidəˈvɑ̃; English ˌsi dəˈvɑ̃ /
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adjective French.
former: used especially in reference to a retired officeholder.
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Origin of ci-devant

Literally, “heretofore”
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British Dictionary definitions for ci-devant

ci-devant
/ French (sidəvɑ̃) /

adjective
(esp of an office-holder) former; recent

Word Origin for ci-devant

literally: heretofore
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