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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: praevius 'leading the way', from via 'way'

previous

adjective
     
pre‧vi‧ous S1 W1
1 [only before noun] having happened or existed before the event, time, or thing that you are talking about now:
I've met him before on two previous occasions.
She has two children from a previous marriage.
Do you have any previous experience of this type of work?
The lawyer told the judge that Kennedy had no previous convictions.
2

the previous day/chapter/owner etc

the one that came immediately before the one you are talking about now:
I had met them the previous day.
as we said in the previous chapter
The trees had been planted by the previous owner.
3

previous to something

formal before a particular time or event:
There were almost no women MPs previous to 1945.

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