Pre·vi·ous a. Going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior; as, previous arrangements; a previous illness.
The dull sound . . . previous to the storm,
Rolls o'er the muttering earth. --Thomson.
Previous question. Parliamentary Practice See under Question, and compare Closure.
Previous to, before; -- often used adverbially for previously. “Previous to publication.” --M. Arnold. “A policy . . . his friends had advised previous to 1710.” --J. H. Newman.
Syn: -- Antecedent; preceding; anterior; prior; foregoing; former.
adj 1: (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"
[syn: former(a), late(a), previous(a)]
2: too soon or too hasty; "our condemnation of him was a bit
previous"; "a premature judgment" [syn: previous(p), premature]
3: just preceding something else in time or order; "the
previous owner"; "my old house was larger" [syn: previous(a),