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 Dictionary entry overview: What does preceding mean? 

PRECEDING (adjective)
  The adjective PRECEDING has 3 senses:

1. existing or coming before
2. preceding in time or order
3. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

  Familiarity information: PRECEDING used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PRECEDING (adjective)

Sense 1preceding [BACK TO TOP]


Existing or coming before


old; previous (just preceding something else in time or order)

preparative; preparatory; propaedeutic (preceding and preparing for something)

premedical (preceding and preparing for the study of medicine)

precedent (preceding in time, order, or significance)

introductory; prefatorial; prefatory (serving as an introduction or preface)

foregoing (especially of writing or speech; going before)

above-mentioned; above-named (mentioned or named earlier in the same text)

above (appearing earlier in the same text)


antecedent; preceding (preceding in time or order)


temporal relation (a relation involving time)

timing (the time when something happens)


succeeding (coming after or following)

Sense 2preceding [BACK TO TOP]


Preceding in time or order


antecedent; preceding


anterior; prior (earlier in time)

anticipatory; prevenient (in anticipation)

pre-existent; pre-existing; preexistent; preexisting (existing previously or before something)


preceding (existing or coming before)

Sense 3preceding [BACK TO TOP]


Of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office


past; preceding; retiring

Context example:

a retiring member of the board


outgoing (leaving a place or a position)

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