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Meaning of previous by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • prævious ( archaic )


    previous ( not comparable )

    1. prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order .
      He is no better than the previous Prime Minister .
    2. ( informal ) premature; occurring too soon .
      I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous .




    previous ( uncountable )

    1. ( informal, UK ) An existing criminal record
      It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous .


Explanation of previous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. just preceding something else in time or order

    2. the previous owner
    3. too soon or too hasty

    4. our condemnation of him was a bit previous
    5. ( used especially of persons ) of the immediate past

    6. the previous occupant of the White House

    Definition of previous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Previous a. [L. praevius going before, leading the way; prae before + via the way. See Voyage.] Going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior; as, “previous arrangements; a previous illness.”

      The dull sound . . . previous to the storm,

      Rolls o'er the muttering earth. Thomson.

      Previous question. ( Parliamentary Practice ) See under Question, and compare Closure. -- Previous to, before; -- often used adverbially for previously. “Previous to publication.” M. Arnold. “A policy . . . his friends had advised previous to 1710.” J. H. Newman.

      Syn. -- Antecedent; preceding; anterior; prior; foregoing; former.