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Meaning & Definition of Previous in English





1. Just preceding something else in time or order

  • "The previous owner"
  • "My old house was larger"
  • previous(a)
  • ,
  • old

2. (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"
  • former(a)
  • ,
  • late(a)
  • ,
  • previous(a)

3. Too soon or too hasty

  • "Our condemnation of him was a bit previous"
  • "A premature judgment"
  • previous(p)
  • ,
  • premature

Examples of using

If you can't come on the day of your appointment, be sure to let us know by the previous day.
I regret that a previous engagement prevents me from accepting your kind invitation.
I met him on the previous day.