- in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously: a custom formerly observed.
- Obsolete. in time just past; just now.
Origin of formerly
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Examples from the Web for formerly
Retired Det. Tom Nerney, formerly of the NYPD Major Case Squad, investigated Shakur.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
Missy Suicide, formerly known as Selena Mooney, is in New York for a series of brand-expansion meetings.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
Gaidar, formerly the vice governor of the Kirov Region, now educates people about how to deal with authorities.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
Donetsk, formerly a make-believe republic, is turning into a little neo-Soviet state.East Ukraine: Back in the USSR
November 19, 2014
Presumably, while our formerly sad animated heroine picks daisies in her garden (and it is almost always hers, not his).Mother’s Little Anti-Psychotic Is Worth $6.9 Billion A Year
November 9, 2014
Formerly a hectare of this precious vineyard was worth 30,000 francs.The Roof of France
Formerly he would not have spoken in this firm and decided manner.Rico and Wiseli
It had formerly been the custom to use the guns by twos and threes.
I am delighted to testify to these things, because I had formerly been a scoffer.
Formerly duty was paid not upon the root itself but its product.In the Heart of Vosges
- at or in a former time; in the past
- obsolete in the immediate past; just now
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Word Origin and History for formerly
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