Pre"vi*ous(?), a. [L. praevius going before, leading the way; prae before + via the way. See Voyage.] 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,Thomson.
Rolls o'er the muttering earth.
(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.
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