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PREVIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does previous mean? 

PREVIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective PREVIOUS has 3 senses:

1. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
2. too soon or too hasty
3. just preceding something else in time or order

  Familiarity information: PREVIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREVIOUS (adjective)


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Meaning:

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past

Synonyms:

previous; former; late

Context examples:

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

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


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Meaning:

Too soon or too hasty

Synonyms:

premature; previous

Context examples:

our condemnation of him was a bit previous / a premature judgment

Similar:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)


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Meaning:

Just preceding something else in time or order

Synonyms:

previous; old

Context examples:

the previous owner / my old house was larger

Similar:

preceding (existing or coming before)


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