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Wordnet 3.0


1. existing or coming before;

2. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office;
- Example: "a retiring member of the board"
[syn: past(a), preceding(a), retiring(a)]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 v.0.48:

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 first with relation to anything. "Harm precedes not sin." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To go before in place, rank, or importance. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object. [R.] [1913 Webster] It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. --Kent. [1913 Webster] Precedence
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

78 Moby Thesaurus words for "preceding": above, advanced, aforegoing, aforementioned, ante, antecedence, antecedency, antecedent, anteposition, anterior, anteriority, anticipatory, avant-garde, chief, ci-devant, dominion, earlier, early, elder, ere, erstwhile, exordial, exploratory, first, fore, foregoing, foremost, former, front, front position, heading, headmost, heretofore, hitherto, in, inaugural, initiatory, last, latter, le pas, leading, older, original, other, past, precedence, precedency, precedent, precession, precessional, precurrent, precursive, precursor, precursory, preexistent, prefatory, preference, prefixation, preliminary, prelude, preludial, prelusive, preparatory, prevenient, previous, prime, prior, priority, proemial, propaedeutic, prothesis, senior, superiority, the lead, to, top priority, urgency, van