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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?

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How to say previous in sign language?

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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. Ric Spooner:

    The previous gains reflected the fact that the market is looking forward to more production cuts coming with declines in rig counts.

  2. Sotiris Vandoros:

    This study adds to previous studies that show that events at the national level can have an effect on Mental Health or mood.

  3. Alison Flint:

    The rush to approve mining in the region and unwind science-based decision-making by the previous administration violates the law, disregards the science, and ignores widespread public opposition to mining in this beloved and vulnerable area.

  4. Barack Obama:

    You don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues. This is our top law enforcement office. Nobody denies that she's well-qualified, we need to go ahead and get her done, the fact that she has now been lingering in this limbo for longer than the five previous attorney general nominees combined makes no sense.

  5. Behnam Ben Taleblu:

    Iran is a prime example of the different approaches taken by the current and previous U.S. administrations. While diplomacy was an essential feature of both, in each instance, it was wielded differently, specifically, the Trump administration has been able to maintain a policy of maximum pressure on Iran while securing the release of Americans. This was not the case in 2016, where a fatally flawed nuclear deal went into effect, and pallets of cash were delivered.

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