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Meaning of PREVIOUS

Pronunciation:  'preeveeus

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

      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.

 

 

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