American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Existing or occurring before something else in time or order; prior: children by a previous marriage.
- adj. Informal Acting, occurring, or done too soon; premature.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Going before in time; being or occurring before something else; earlier; antecedent; prior.
- Previously to; before (previous being used adverbially, and with the preposition to equivalent to a simple preposition, before). Compare prior to, in a like loose use.
- Synonyms Previous, Preceding, Precedent, Anterior, Prior, Former, Foregoing, Antecedent. All these words have lost their original application to space, and now apply only to that which goes before in time, except anterior, which may apply also to space, as the anterior part of the brain, and preceding, which as a participle still primarily applies to space, but as an adjective generally expresses order in time. Preceding means immediately before; the others may mean the same. Precedent often applies to that which has to go before in order to the existence or validity of that which follows: as, a condition precedent. Prior often means superior by being earlier: as, a prior claim. Anterior is opposed to posterior, prior to subsequent or sub-ordinate, former to latter, foregoing to following, antecedent to subsequent. See preliminary.
- adj. prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.
- adj. informal premature; occurring too soon.
- n. informal, UK An existing criminal record
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior.
- adj. too soon or too hasty
- adj. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
- adj. just preceding something else in time or order
- From Latin praevius, going before : prae-, pre- + via, way; see wegh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Both of them have had a long association with Milton Colin had served previously on council in the term previous to the last one.”
“At the announcement that Captain Mapes Dale, who was the military instructor at Colby Hall, was approaching, the boys who had attended the academy the term previous fell back in alarm.”
“This may be wondered at, but the fact of the matter was that Sam, by hard work the term previous, had caught up to Tom, while Dick, because of being away on some business for his father at various times, had dropped a little behind.”
“Previous year: The term previous year means the income earned during the previous year, which is to be assessed to tax in the assessment year.”
“From what you described as your previous open-mindedness and your status as someone "hot," I would assume that that you did not cancel the date because there is a possibility that this assignation would not become a relationship.”
“House Republican leaders had expressed opposition through that spring to giving the IMF the money it could use for new bailouts, decrying what they described as previous destabilizing loans to other countries.”
“For one term previous to that time Mr. Benedict was city attorney.”
“She was a small, fussy lady, energetic and very business-like, who complained of what she called previous mismanagement and seemed to avoid friendly relations.”
“Earlier this week, a flier was distributed in Iowa attacking him for what it called his previous infidelities, according to Politico.”
“The funds also would be used to resolve what she called previous issues, including money that the foundation owes a former contractor and lender, she said.”
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