Existing or coming before another or others in time, place, rank, or sequence; previous.(adjective)
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Use "preceding" in a sentence
"The term preceding the Commencement of 1799 was especially stormy."
"The recognition of Conversion, in fact, requires us to admit that, formally, in a logical proposition, the term preceding the copula is subject and the one following is predicate."
"Label (render the label preceding the above, wrapped in a tag"