adjective Date: 15th century that immediately precedes in time or place <
the preceding day
preceding paragraphs
Synonyms: preceding, antecedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior mean being before. preceding usually implies being immediately before in time or in place <
the preceding sentence
. antecedent applies to order in time and may suggest a causal relation <
conditions antecedent to the revolution
. foregoing applies chiefly to statements <
the foregoing remarks
. previous and prior imply existing or occurring earlier, but prior often adds an implication of greater importance <
a child from a previous marriage
a prior obligation
. former implies always a definite comparison or contrast with something that is latter <
the former name of the company
. anterior applies to position before or ahead of usually in space, sometimes in time or order <
the anterior lobe of the brain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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