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1[attributive] Existing or occurring before in time or order.‘she looked tired after her exertions of the previous evening’‘tickets will be sold on the same basis as in previous years’
foregoing, preceding, precursory, antecedent, aboveView synonyms
- ‘The previous owner had filled in spaces between the beams with sawn-up wardrobes.’
- ‘Ouch - that woozy Sunday feeling when you've had a very late one the previous evening.’
- ‘Famously, he had divorced Josephine the previous year in order to found a dynasty.’
- ‘The previous owners were heavy smokers and the bricks are stained with nicotine.’
- ‘The previous owner built a spaceship in the garden, which might not appeal to everyone.’
- ‘In contrast to the previous evening the pleasures of the flesh were much in evidence.’
- ‘It later emerged it had already been used and returned by a previous owner and then sold again to the Galls.’
- ‘It is the point of order I referred to during your ruling on the previous point of order.’
- ‘The order will be the reverse of the finishing order of the previous race, with the winner running last.’
- ‘Its previous owner had bought it from an aircraft museum that got into financial difficulties.’
- ‘To my surprise, it showed that the item had been delivered at 6pm the previous evening.’
- ‘They included previous shop owners and a man whose father had scrawled his name on the arcade's wall.’
- ‘She could not recall, in fact, very well what had happened the previous evening.’
- ‘The inquest heard that he had spent the previous evening drinking with a friend.’
- ‘It follows a previous interim order which was made out for two months in April.’
- ‘We suspect it was one of the last rooms decorated by the previous owners as they readied the house for sale.’
- ‘The starting grids are based on a reversal of the finishing order of the previous race.’
- ‘He reportedly bought the island from its previous owners, a Japanese hotel firm.’
- ‘I also managed to fill a skip to overflowing with the junk the previous owners had left behind.’
- ‘The previous owner of the Westhoughton shop ran a printing business from the premises.’
2informal Overly hasty in acting or in drawing a conclusion.‘I admit I may have been a bit previous’overhasty, hasty, premature, precipitate, impetuous, too early, too soon, untimely, presumptuousView synonyms
Early 17th century: from Latin praevius going before (from prae before + via way) + -ous.
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