from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being previous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being previous; priority or antecedence in time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Previous occurrence; antecedence; priority in time.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • There are handsome buildings in Denver -- blocks that would do credit to any city under the sun; but there was for years an upstart air, a palpable provincialism, a kind of ill-disguised "previousness," noticeable that made her seem like the brisk suburb of some other place, and that other place, alas! invisible to mortal eye.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska

  • Although these things are not thus eminently and distinctly translated in the minds and consciences of all who are called unto believing by the gospel, yet for the substance of them, and as to the previousness of the conviction of sin unto faith, they are found in all that sincerely believe.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • Perhaps I wanted to set his mind at rest, if he'd ever had any doubts; perhaps I wanted to have a little fun out of him for his d---- d previousness; perhaps, lad, I had a hankering to see the old place for the last time.

    Trent's Trust, and Other Stories


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.