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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Previous  \Pre"vi*ous\,  a.  [L.  praevius  going  before  leading  the 
  way  prae  before  +  via  the  way  See  {Voyage}.] 
  Going  before  in  time;  being  or  happening  before  something 
  else;  antecedent;  prior;  as  previous  arrangements;  a 
  previous  illness. 
  The  dull  sound  .  .  .  previous  to  the  storm,  Rolls  o'er 
  the  muttering  earth.  --Thomson. 
  {Previous  question}.  (Parliamentary  Practice)  See  under 
  {Question},  and  compare  {Closure}. 
  {Previous  to},  before  --  often  used  adverbially  for 
  previously.  ``Previous  to  publication.''  --M.  Arnold.  ``A 
  policy  .  .  .  his  friends  had  advised  previous  to  1710.'' 
  --J.  H.  Newman. 
  Syn:  Antecedent;  preceding;  anterior;  prior;  foregoing; 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (used  especially  of  persons)  of  to  the  immediate  past;  "the 
  former  president";  "our  late  President  is  still  very 
  active";  "the  previous  occupant  of  the  White  House" 
  [syn:  {former(a)},  {late(a)},  {previous(a)}] 
  2:  too  soon  or  too  hasty;  "our  condemnation  of  him  was  a  bit 
  previous";  "a  premature  judgment"  [syn:  {previous(p)},  {premature}] 
  3:  just  preceding  something  else  in  time  or  order  "the 
  previous  owner";  "my  old  house  was  larger"  [syn:  {previous(a)}, 

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