- coming or occurring before something else; prior: the previous owner.
- Informal. done, occurring, etc., before the proper time; premature: Aren't you a little previous with that request?
- previous to, before; prior to: Previous to moving here she lived in Chicago.
Origin of previous
1615–25; < Latin praevius going before, equivalent to prae- pre- + vi(a) way + -us adj. suffix
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1. earlier, former, preceding, foregoing.
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- (prenominal) existing or coming before something else in time or position; prior
- (postpositive) informal taking place or done too soon; premature
- previous to before; prior to
C17: from Latin praevius leading the way, from prae before + via way
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Word Origin and History for previous
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