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  • adv. At an earlier time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Beforehand; antecedently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In time preceding; antecedently; beforehand: often followed by to.
  • Synonyms Formerly, Previously. See formerly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at an earlier time or formerly


previous +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


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