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 for Preceding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preceding \Pre*ced"ing\, a.
     1. Going before; -- opposed to following.
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     2. (Astron.) In the direction toward which stars appear to
        move. See Following, 2.
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From 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.
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     2. To go before in place, rank, or importance.
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     3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used
        with by or with before the instrumental object. [R.]
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              It is usual to precede hostilities by a public
              declaration.                          --Kent.
        [1913 Webster] Precedence

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: existing or coming before [ant: succeeding(a)]
      2: of a person who has held and relinquished a position or
         office; "a retiring member of the board" [syn: past(a),
         preceding(a), retiring(a)]

From 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

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