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pre·vi·ous

 (prē′vē-əs)

adj.

1. Existing or occurring before something else in time or order; prior: children by a previous marriage.

2. Informal Acting, occurring, or done too soon; premature or hasty: “I have been too previous, for which you must blame the natural impatience of a man in love” (Georgette Heyer).



pre′vi·ous·ly adv.

pre′vi·ous·ness n.

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