previous

[ pree-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈpri vi əs /

adjective

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?

Idioms

    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

Related forms

pre·vi·ous·ly, adverbpre·vi·ous·ness, noun
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previous

/ (ˈpriːvɪəs) /

adjective

(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

Derived Forms

previously, adverbpreviousness, noun

Word Origin for previous

C17: from Latin praevius leading the way, from prae before + via way
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