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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)

Sense 1previous [BACK TO TOP]


(used especially of persons) of the immediate past


previous; former; late

Context examples:

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


past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)

Sense 2previous [BACK TO TOP]


Too soon or too hasty


premature; previous

Context examples:

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


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

Sense 3previous [BACK TO TOP]


Just preceding something else in time or order


previous; old

Context examples:

the previous owner / my old house was larger


preceding (existing or coming before)

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