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Previous Pre"vi*ous, 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. [1913 Webster]

The dull sound . . . previous to the storm, Rolls o'er the muttering earth. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Antecedent; preceding; anterior; prior; foregoing; former. [1913 Webster]


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