former vs previous: What's the difference?

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Which is correct: former or previous

How to spell former?

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formeradjective

belonging to some prior time

formeradjective

belonging to the distant past

formeradjective

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past

formernoun

the first of two or the first mentioned of two

formerverb

referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)

previousadjective

just preceding something else in time or order

previousadjective

too soon or too hasty

previousadjective

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past

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