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previous 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), old]

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  1. prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.
    He is no better than the previous Prime Minister.
  2. premature; occuring too soon.
    I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous.



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