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preceding

adjective [before noun] uk   /prɪˈsiː.dɪŋ/ us    /priː-/
existing or happening before someone or something: The paintings are a development of ideas she explored in the preceding decade. In conclusion, I hope the preceding arguments have convinced you of the need for action.
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