Definition of previous in English:


Line breaks: pre¦vi|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈpriːvɪəs



[mass noun] British informal Back to top  
  • Previous convictions; a criminal record: he’s got previous—theft and wounding


previous to

Before: the month previous to publication
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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.


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

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