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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.
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The dull sound . . . previous to the storm,
Rolls o'er the muttering earth.
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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.
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Syn. -- Antecedent; preceding; anterior; prior; foregoing; former.
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