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Another word for previous

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Adjective
  1. Going before

      1. Going before, in front, or forward.
      2. In front
      3. Made or given ahead of time:
      1. Going before; preceding.
      2. Going or coming before in time, order, or logic; prior; previous; preceding
      1. (Bot.) On the side away from the main stem
      2. Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
      3. Coming before in time, order, or logic; previous; earlier
      1. Comparative form of early: more early
      2. Occurring previously
      1. Something that came before, hence preceded the event currently in question, such as a previously decided case. It may serve as a model for the interpretation of a law, or disposition as a case. Something that came before, hence preceded the event currently in question, such as a previously decided case. It may serve as a model for the interpretation of a law, or disposition as a case.
      2. That precedes; preceding
      1. That precedes; going or coming before
      2. Existing or coming before another or others in time, place, or sequence; previous.
      1. Preceding in order or importance; preferred
      2. Preceding in importance or value:
      3. Preceding in time; earlier; previous; former
    See also:

    precede

  2. Next before the present one

    See also:

    near

    precede

  3. Just gone by or elapsed

    See also:

    time

  4. Having been such previously

    See also:

    precede

Another word for previous

Synonym Study

  • Former always connotes comparison, stated or implied, with what follows or is latter the former owner
  • Foregoing applies specif. to something previously said or written the foregoing examples
  • Antecedent often adds to the meaning of previous a connotation of direct causal relationship with what follows events antecedent to the war
  • Preceding , esp. when used with the definite article, implies a coming immediately before the preceding night
  • Prior adds to this a connotation of greater importance or claim as a result of being first a prior commitment
  • Previous generally implies a coming before in time or order a previous encounter