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
When you adopt an adult dog, you're getting a package you don't necessarily know what's inside, but you don't have to house train and so forth, and a lot of shelters have the previous owner write up a detailed account of that dog.
More country has been burned, more homes lost, three times more homes lost than our worst previous fire season in history and the fires are still burning.
Based on previous episodes, they had made many mistakes and it was clear that they didn't have a strong research team, and so I figured this was the opportunity to incorporate subversive graffiti, what we are trying to raise is that regardless whether or not the show is fiction, it still has very dangerous implications because they're basically stereotyping an enormous region of people.
Can a government become a signatory to an international agreement and then the subsequent government tear it to shreds? This is something that only the likes of Saddam Hussein would do, saddam Hussein, previous to attacking Iran in 1980, did sign an agreement with Iran and then tore it to shreds himself and then attacked Iran.
The FBI will always follow threats that cross the line of free speech and threaten the safety of individuals and groups, especially when those threats are based on a religion or race, the fact that Mr. Kelsey allegedly continued his threatening behavior even after being informed that his previous actions were not protected speech makes his actions more abhorrent.
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Translations for Previous
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- 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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