just preceding something else in time or order
"the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
former(a), late(a), previous(a)(adj)
(used especially of persons) of the immediate past
"the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"
too soon or too hasty
"our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"
An existing criminal record
It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous.
prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.
He is no better than the previous Prime Minister.
premature; occurring too soon.
I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous.
going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior; as, previous arrangements; a previous illness
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē′vi-us, adj. going before in time: former.—adv. Prē′viously.—n. Prē′viousness, antecedence: priority in time.—Previous question, a motion made during a debate, 'that the main question be now put.' If the decision be 'yes,' the debate is ended and the question put and decided; if it be 'no,' the debate is adjourned in the British parliament, but continues in the American assembly. [L. præevius—præ, before, via, a way.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Previous' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #791
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Previous' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1332
Rank popularity for the word 'Previous' in Adjectives Frequency: #93
The numerical value of Previous in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Previous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of Previous in a Sentence
The previous (copper) prices were a little high.
True nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Today was a little easier for him than the previous debates.
Our previous negotiations with China have all been failures.
It’s falling into the same pattern as the previous speaker.
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Translations for Previous
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- previ, anterior, prematurCatalan, Valencian
- foregående, forrigeDanish
- anterior, previoSpanish
- نابه هنگام, پیشینPersian
- aikaisempi, edellinen, aiempiFinnish
- előző, megelőzőHungarian
- ڕابردو, پێشوKurdish
- voorbarig, vorigDutch
- førre, føregåandeNorwegian Nynorsk
- foregående, forrige, tidligereNorwegian
- ubiegły, poprzedniPolish
- предыдущий, прошлыйRussian
- förra, föregående, tidigSwedish
- до, Перш, передUkrainian
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