adjective Etymology: Latin praevius leading the way, from prae- pre- + via way — more at way Date: 1625 1. going before in time or order ; prior 2. acting too soon ; premature <
somewhat previous in his conclusion
Synonyms: see precedingpreviously adverbpreviousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • previous — I adjective above cited, above mentioned, above named, aforementioned, aforesaid, already indicated, antecedent, anterior, earlier, early, erstwhile, first, fore, foregoing, foregone, forementioned, forerunning, former, initial, initiatory,… …   Law dictionary

  • previous — [prē′vē əs] adj. [L praevius < prae (see PRE ) + via, way (see VIA)] 1. occurring before in time or order; prior ☆ 2. Informal too soon; premature previous to before previously adv. SYN …   English World dictionary

  • previous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) existing or occurring before in time or order. 2) informal over hasty. ● previous to Cf. ↑previous to DERIVATIVES previously adverb. ORIGIN Lat …   English terms dictionary

  • previous — [adj1] former, prior antecedent, anterior, earlier, erstwhile, ex, foregoing, one time, past, precedent, preceding, quondam, sometime; concepts 585,811,818,820 Ant. current, future, later, present previous [adj2] premature ahead of, early,… …   New thesaurus

  • previous — (adj.) 1620s, from L. praevius going before, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + via road (see VIA (Cf. via)). Related: Previously …   Etymology dictionary

  • previous — foregoing, prior, *preceding, antecedent, precedent, former, anterior Antonyms: subsequent: consequent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • previous — pre|vi|ous [ priviəs ] adjective only before noun *** a previous event, period, or thing happened or existed before the one you are talking about: This issue was discussed in the previous chapter. Neighbors said they had seen the man in the area… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • previous — 01. I was paid more in my [previous] job, but I quit it to come here because the work here is much more interesting. 02. Actor Brad Pitt was [previously] engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow before finally marrying Jennifer Aniston. 03. Our [previous]… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • previous */*/*/ — UK [ˈpriːvɪəs] / US [ˈprɪvɪəs] adjective [only before noun] a previous event, period, or thing happened or existed before the one that you are talking about This issue was discussed in the previous chapter. Neighbours said they had seen the man… …   English dictionary

  • previous — pre|vi|ous W1S1 [ˈpri:viəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: praevius leading the way , from via way ] 1.) [only before noun] having happened or existed before the event, time, or thing that you are talking about now ▪ I ve met him before… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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