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previous

[ pree-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈpri vi əs /
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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?
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Idioms about previous

    previous to, before; prior to: Previous to moving here she lived in Chicago.

Origin of previous

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin praevius “going before,” equivalent to prae- pre- + vi(a) “way” + -us adjective suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM previous

pre·vi·ous·ly, adverbpre·vi·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for previous

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 of previous

previously, adverbpreviousness, noun

Word Origin for previous

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