American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Existing or coming before another or others in time, place, rank, or sequence; previous.
- adj. Occurring before or in front of something else, in time, place, rank or sequence.
- v. present participle of precede.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Going before; -- opposed to
- adj. (Astron.) In the direction toward which stars appear to move. See Following, 2.
- adj. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
- adj. existing or coming before
“The term preceding the Commencement of 1799 was especially stormy.”
“The recognition of Conversion, in fact, requires us to admit that, formally, in a logical proposition, the term preceding the copula is subject and the one following is predicate.”
“Label (render the label preceding the above, wrapped in a tag”
“Yet UN officials said this epidemic was unexpected, attempting to excuse their slow response and failure to quarantine the zone where cholera broke out - even as they took credit in preceding months for preventing a postearthquake outbreak of infectious disease.”
“Now, if you hate writing short stories, most of the preceding is probably irrelevant to you.”
“I'd guess most of the contributors to this blog are men, and (from what I've already read in preceding posts) I don't think it's necessary to ask you to set one-on-one time aside for each of your kids.”
“Each passage, let it be noted, solves a problem posed in preceding stanzas.”
“Indiana Jones name shall have very good effect but only on Indiana Jones Fan for some reason if somebody didn't like Indy in preceding films then bam this is a big NO to them”
“The preceding is an excellent example of the ridiculous hold that “energy independence” maintains over American political discourse.”
“Safety and services that come long before items such as, but not limited to, those listed in preceding posts.”
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