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[pree-vee-uh s] /ˈpri vi əs/
adjective
1.
coming or occurring before something else; prior:
the previous owner.
2.
Informal. done, occurring, etc., before the proper time; premature:
Aren't you a little previous with that request?
Idioms
3.
previous to, before; prior to:
Previous to moving here she lived in Chicago.
Origin of previous
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin praevius going before, equivalent to prae- pre- + vi(a) way + -us adj. suffix
Related forms
previously, adverb
previousness, noun
Synonyms
1. earlier, former, preceding, foregoing.
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  • Of course all the other lights in the room must have been previously lowered.

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  • The second was a certain Mr Dawks, who has not previously been mentioned in this narrative.

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British Dictionary definitions for previously

previous

/ˈpriːvɪəs/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) existing or coming before something else in time or position; prior
2.
(postpositive) (informal) taking place or done too soon; premature
3.
previous to, before; prior to
Derived Forms
previously, adverb
previousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin praevius leading the way, from prae before + via way
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Word Origin and History for previously

previous

adj.

1620s, from Latin praevius "going before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + via "road" (see via). Related: Previously.

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Slang definitions & phrases for previously

previous

noun

An earlier conviction: Kid looks clean; no previous (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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