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Synonyms for formerˈfɔr mər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. former(adj)

    the first of two or the first mentioned of two

    "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"

    latter, present(a), future

  2. former(a)(adj)

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

    "the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one"

    latter, future, present(a)

  3. erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)(adj)

    belonging to some prior time

    "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"

    latter, present(a), future

  4. former(a), late(a), previous(a)(adj)

    (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"

    latter, future, present(a)

  5. early(a), former(a), other(a)(adj)

    belonging to the distant past

    "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"

    latter, present(a), future


  1. former(noun)


  2. former(noun)


    prior, previous, ex-, anterior, erstwhile, quondam


  3. former(adjective)

    first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.

    anterior, erstwhile, ex-, quondam, previous, prior


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. former

    The efficient cause, that which makes anything to be or be done, is the common meaning of the word, as in the saying "There is no effect without a cause." Every man instinctively recognizes himself acting through will as the cause of his own actions. The Creator is the Great First Cause of all things. A condition is something that necessarily precedes a result, but does not produce it. An antecedent simply precedes a result, with or without any agency in producing it; as, Monday is the invariable antecedent of Tuesday, but not the cause of it. The direct antonym of cause is effect, while that of antecedent is consequent. An occasion is some event which brings a cause into action at a particular moment; gravitation and heat are the causes of an avalanche; the steep incline of the mountain-side is a necessary condition, and the shout of the traveler may be the occasion of its fall. Causality is the doctrine or principle of causes, causation the action or working of causes. Compare DESIGN; REASON.

    actor, agent, antecedent, author, causality, causation, cause, condition, creator, designer, fountain, motive, occasion, origin, originator, power, precedent, reason, reason, source, spring

    consequence, creation, development, effect, end, end, event, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, product, result

    The cause of the disaster; cause for interference.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. former(a.)

    maker, framer, author, creator, constructor

  2. former(a.)

    previous, prior, anterior, antecedent, preceding, foregoing

  3. former(a.)

    quondam, ci-devant, late, old-time

  4. former(a.)

    past, gone by

  5. former(a.)

    first named, first mentioned

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