previous

Definitions

General English

  • adjective happening or existing at an earlier time

Law

  • noun a previous conviction or convictions for criminal offences

Slang

  • adjective premature, impetuous, presumptuous. A term of mild disapproval favoured by London working-class speakers and members of the police force, usually in the phrase ‘a bit previous’.
  • noun a criminal record, previous convictions. A shortening adopted by police officers and the underworld, usually in the phrase ‘has he/she got any previous?’.
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