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, other, past, pioneer, pioneering, precedent, precursive, precursory, preexistent, prefatory, preliminary, preparatory, prevenient, previous, prior, supra; concepts 585,586,799,811,818 —Ant. after, below, following, later

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  • 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 — [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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