The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Previous \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
The dull sound . . . previous to the storm,
Rolls o'er the muttering earth. --Thomson.
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.
Syn: Antecedent; preceding; anterior; prior; foregoing;