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Meaning of previous by Wiktionary Dictionary

previous


    Alternative forms

    • prævious ( archaic )

    Adjective

    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 .

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    Noun

    previous ( uncountable )

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

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Explanation of previous by Wordnet Dictionary

previous


    Adjective
    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

    previous


    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.