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previously (not comparable)

  1. (now archaic, with present-tense constructions) First; beforehand, in advance.
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 71:
      I must, however, previously remark, that the power of generalizing ideas, to any great extent, is not very common amongst men or women.
  2. (with past-tense constructions) At an earlier time.
    The discovery of a previously unknown species had taken place nearly two years previously.
    • 2019 August 10, Julie Brown, Veronica Penney, Daniel Chang and Sarah Blaskey, “Jeffrey Epstein is gone, but allegations against powerful associates linger”, in Tampa Bay Times[1]:
      In the lawsuit, Giuffre claimed she was forced to have sex with a “large amount of people,” some of whom had not previously been named including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson […].
  3. (television) Recapitulating the preceding episodes of a series.


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