What does previous mean?

Definitions for previous
ˈpri vi əspre·vi·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. previous(a), oldadjective

    just preceding something else in time or order

    "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"

  2. former(a), late(a), previous(a)adjective

    (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"

  3. previous(p), prematureadjective

    too soon or too hasty

    "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"

Wiktionary

  1. previousnoun

    An existing criminal record

    It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous.

  2. previousadjective

    prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.

    He is no better than the previous Prime Minister.

  3. previousadjective

    premature; occurring too soon.

    I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PREVIOUSadjective

    Antecedent; going before; prior.

    Etymology: prœvius, Lat.

    By this previous intimation we may gather some hopes, that the matter is not desperate. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Sound from the mountain, previous to the storm,
    Rolls o’er the muttering Earth. James Thomson.

ChatGPT

  1. previous

    Previous refers to existing or occurring before in time or order; something that has happened earlier or that comes before something else.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Previousadjective

    going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior; as, previous arrangements; a previous illness

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Previous

    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. præeviuspræ, before, via, a way.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'previous' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #791

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'previous' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1332

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'previous' in Adjectives Frequency: #93

Anagrams for previous »

  1. pervious

  2. viperous

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of previous in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of previous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of previous in a Sentence

  1. Mohamad Al Hajj:

    We see the move as related to global emerging markets, where the MSCI EM index is down for the third day in a row and the largest EM ETF saw $320 million of outflows yesterday following $550 million the previous day.

  2. Jay Lund:

    In the previous drought, it took (the reservoirs) three years to get this low as they are in the second year of this drought.

  3. Kiyoshi Ejima:

    Previous prime ministers were afraid of what'd be said if they left, that Japan would become a villain.

  4. The American:

    Out of the previous nine times we've played I think we've gone three sets at least six times so I know she plays really well, she's been number one, she's won a grand slam. I knew it was going to be a big test for me today and I'm really happy I was able to get through.

  5. The ACU:

    The exposure occurred previous to the conference. A New Jersey hospital tested the person, and CDC confirmed the positive result, the individual is under the care of medical professionals in the state of New Jersey, and has been quarantined.

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