What does previous mean?

Definitions for previous
ˈpri vi əspre·vi·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. previous(a), old(adj)

    just preceding something else in time or order

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

  2. 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"

  3. previous(p), premature(adj)

    too soon or too hasty

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

Wiktionary

  1. previous(Noun)

    An existing criminal record

    It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous.

  2. previous(Adjective)

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

    He is no better than the previous Prime Minister.

  3. previous(Adjective)

    premature; occurring too soon.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Previous(adj)

    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

How to pronounce previous?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. President George W. Bush:

    Paul Wolfowitz is providing some advice, i get most of my advice from a team that we have in Miami, Florida. Young people that are going to be ... they're not assigned, have experience either in Congress or the previous administration.

  2. Paul Tucker:

    We know that by pushing more stuff through clearinghouses they are going to become too important to fail, one could accuse previous generations of policymakers of not even seeing that point. Now the question is whether this generation will carry through.

  3. Sevilla Sayco:

    Change is indeed coming, we are happy because the previous administration paid us no attention. But Duterte is pro-poor.

  4. Bruce Aylward:

    That highlights the reason it's so important to get the flu vaccination rates up this year, even relative to previous years, we need that capacity potentially to manage Covid.

  5. Allam Mousa:

    In the last meeting, some proposals were made in accordance with our demands and some amendments were made that could be studied and that could enable us to achieve our demands, so far there is no final agreement -- it is only another round -- but this round has achieved a bigger achievement than previous rounds.

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    • A. staff
    • B. transition
    • C. endeavor
    • D. guts

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