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Synonyms for previous
ˈpri vi əspre·vi·ous

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Wiktionary5.0 / 2 votes

  1. previousadjective

    Synonyms:
    former, late, old

    Antonyms:
    following, future, succeeding

  2. previousadjective

    prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.

    It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous.

    Synonyms:
    old, former, late

    Antonyms:
    following, future, succeeding

  3. previousadjective

    premature; occurring too soon.

    I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous.

    Synonyms:
    old, former, late

    Antonyms:
    future, succeeding, following

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.7 / 3 votes

  1. previous

    Antecedent may denote simple priority in time, implying no direct connection between that which goes before and that which follows; as, the striking of one clock may be always antecedent to the striking of another with no causal connection between them. Antecedent and previous may refer to that which goes or happens at any distance in advance, preceding is limited to that which is immediately or next before; an antecedent event may have happened at any time before; the preceding transaction is the one completed just before the one with which it is compared; a previous statement or chapter may be in any part of the book that has gone before; the preceding statement or chapter comes next before without an interval. Previous often signifies first by right; as, a previous engagement. Foregoing is used only of that which is spoken or written; as, the foregoing statements. Anterior, while it can be used of time, is coming to be employed chiefly with reference to place; as the anterior lobes of the brain. Prior bears exclusive reference to time, and commonly where that which is first in time is first also in right; as, a prior demand. Former is used of time, or of position in written or printed matter, not of space in general. We can say former times, a former chapter, etc., but not the former part of a garden; we should say the front part of the garden, the forward car of a train. Former has a close relation, or sharp contrast, with something following; the former always implies the latter, even when not fully expressed, as in Acts i, 1, and Eccles. vii, 10.

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, anterior, earlier, foregoing, former, forward, front, introductory, precedent, preceding, preliminary, prior

    Antonyms:
    after, concluding, consequent, following, hind, hinder, hindmost, later, latter, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

    Preposition:
    Such was the state of things previous to the revolution. [Previous to is often used adverbially, in constructions where previously to would be more strictly correct; as, these arrangements were made previous to my departure.]

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 1 vote

  1. previous

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, prior, preceding, anterior, foregoing, former, earlier

    Antonyms:
    subsequent, posterior, succeeding, following, later

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 1 vote

  1. previous(a), oldadjective

    just preceding something else in time or order

    "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"

    Antonyms:
    middle, late, present(a), succeeding(a), future

  2. former(a), late(a), previous(a)adjective

    (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"

    Antonyms:
    late, present(a), succeeding(a), future, middle

  3. previous(p), prematureadjective

    too soon or too hasty

    "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"

    Antonyms:
    present(a), late, future, middle, succeeding(a)

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. previousadjective

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, prior, former, preceding, anterior, foregoing

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. previousadjective

    Synonyms:
    former, foregoing, antecedent, prior, anterior

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How to use previous in a sentence?

  1. Abby Stoddard:

    The number of casualties being lower in 2014 than a year before says more about the spike in 2013 than about the conditions for aid workers getting any safer, the number of attacks in 2014 is still higher than in any previous year. Aid agencies have not become more risk averse but are changing their mode of operating.

  2. French President Francois Hollande:

    Today we have dealt with the sources of the previous crisis, and this is the reason why we have been able to acknowledge some improvements.

  3. Hassan Rouhani:

    All of our actions can be returned to the previous condition within one hour, why are you worried?

  4. Liu Youbin:

    There are many tasks that exceed those in the two previous autumn-winter seasons, fully demonstrating the government's determination to win the battle against pollution.

  5. Ashley Keilman:

    We were seeing more patients with croup, and more patients were testing positive for Covid, which was something that we had not observed during earlier phases of previous surges with Covid.


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