preceding

preceding, antecedent, precedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior are comparable when they mean being before, especially in time or in order of arrangement.
Preceding, opposed to succeeding and following, is restricted to time and place; it usually means immediately before
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the preceding day

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the preceding clause

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events preceding the opening of the story

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Antecedent, opposed to subsequent and consequent, usually implies order in time, but unlike preceding, it often suggests an indefinite intervening interval
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events antecedent to the opening of the story

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Chaucer's poems were written in a period antecedent to the Elizabethan Age

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Very often, also, the word implies a causal or a logical, as well as a temporal, relation
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to understand the success of modern dictators we must have a knowledge of antecedent conditions

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a conclusion is based on a chain of antecedent inferences

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Precedent often applies to one thing which must precede another thing if the latter is to be valid or become effective; thus, a condition precedent in law is a condition that must be fulfilled before an estate can be vested in one or before a right accrues to one.
Foregoing, opposed to following, applies almost exclusively to statements
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the foregoing citations

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the foregoing argument

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Previous and prior, opposed to subsequent, are often used almost interchangeably
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his life previous to his marriage

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this will cancels all prior wills

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But prior sometimes implies greater importance than previous; thus, a previous obligation suggests merely an obligation entered into earlier in point of time, whereas a prior obligation is one which surpasses the other in importance and must be fulfilled in advance of any other; a prior preferred stock is one whose claim to dividends or to a specified sum in liquidation comes before other preferred stocks of a company.
Former, opposed to latter, even more definitely than prior, implies comparison; thus, there can be a former engagement only when there is also a later one; a previous or prior engagement may prevent one's making a second.
Anterior, opposed to posterior, also comparative in force, applies to position, usually in space, sometimes in order or time
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the anterior lobe of the brain

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Organization must presuppose life as anterior to it— Coleridge

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Antonyms: following

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  • Preceding — Pre*ced ing, a. 1. Going before; opposed to following. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) In the direction toward which stars appear to move. See {Following}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preceding — I adjective above mentioned, abovenamed, antecedent, anterior, before mentioned, earlier, first named, former, inaugural, introductory, precedent, precessional, precursive, precursory, preexistent, prefatory, preliminary, preludial, prelusive,… …   Law dictionary

  • preceding — [adj] earlier, above abovementioned, above named, aforeknown, aforementioned, aforesaid, ahead of, antecedent, anterior, before, erstwhile, foregoing, forerunning, former, forward, front, head, heretofore, introductory, lead, leading, one time,… …   New thesaurus

  • preceding — [prē sēd′iŋ, prisēd′iŋ] adj. that precedes; going or coming before SYN. PREVIOUS …   English World dictionary

  • preceding — adjective Date: 15th century that immediately precedes in time or place < the preceding day > < preceding paragraphs > Synonyms: preceding, antecedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior mean being before. preceding usually implies… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preceding — pre|ced|ing [prıˈsi:dıŋ] adj [only before noun] formal happening or coming before the time, place, or part mentioned = ↑previous ≠ ↑following preceding days/weeks/months/years ▪ income tax paid in preceding years preceding chapter/paragraph/page… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Preceding — Precede Pre*cede , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preceded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preceding}.] [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before + cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. pr[ e]ceder. See {Pre }, and {Cede}.] 1. To go before in order of time; to occur… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preceding — /pri see ding/, adj. that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page. [1485 95; PRECEDE + ING2] Syn. foregoing, prior, former, earlier. Ant. succeeding, following. * * * …   Universalium

  • preceding — adjective Occurring before or in front of something else, in time, place, rank or sequence. On the preceding Monday Shobana had left on vacation. Ant: succeeding …   Wiktionary

  • preceding — adj. Preceding is used with these nouns: ↑decade, ↑generation, ↑month, ↑page, ↑paragraph, ↑section, ↑year …   Collocations dictionary

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