Definition of previous in English:


Syllabification: pre·vi·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈprēvēəs


  • 2 informal Overly hasty in acting or in drawing a conclusion: I admit I may have been a bit previous


previous to

Before: the month previous to publication he seemed to have been in good health previous to the fatal injury
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  • The economic reality was that previous to that case, quite extended families had been living on these properties for a pittance.
  • ‘None of these 57 sites had any record of toxicity previous to 1988,’ he said.
  • On the pre-recorded show on Sunday night last, Christopher was picked previous to the show to be the member from the audience to perform just before the end.
before, prior to, until, leading up to, up to, earlier than, preceding
formal anterior to


early 17th century: from Latin praevius 'going before' (from prae 'before' + via 'way') + -ous.

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