preceding

[pri-see-ding]
adjective
that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page.

Origin:
1485–95; precede + -ing2


foregoing, prior, former, earlier.


succeeding, following.
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precede

[pri-seed]
verb (used with object), preceded, preceding.
1.
to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
2.
to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.
verb (used without object), preceded, preceding.
3.
to go or come before.
noun
4.
Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English preceden < Latin praecēdere. See pre-, cede

precedable, adjective
unpreceded, adjective

precede, proceed.
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precede (prɪˈsiːd)
 
vb
1.  to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
2.  (tr) to preface or introduce
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin praecēdere to go before, from prae before + cēdere to move]

preceding (prɪˈsiːdɪŋ)
 
adj
(prenominal) going or coming before; former

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precede
late 15c., "to go before" in rank or importance, from M.Fr. preceder, from L. præcedere "to go before," from præ- "before" + cedere "to go" (see cede). Meaning "to walk in front of" is from 1520s; that of "to come before in time" is attested from 1530s. Related: Preceding.
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Example sentences
Over the preceding half-century, Scotland had been steadily growing poorer.
What's important are not the details but the pronoun placement, she preceding
  me.
Diaries of the preceding days mention smoky air and a red sun at morning and
  evening.
So figures preceding 1920 are largely assumptions made in retrospect.
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