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     adj 1: 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" [syn: former(a)]
            [ant: latter(a)]
     2: belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our
        former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her
        quondam lover" [syn: erstwhile(a), former(a), once(a),
         onetime(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)]
     3: (used especially of persons) of to the immediate past; "the
        former president"; "our late President is still very
        active"; "the previous occupant of the White House" [syn:
        former(a), late(a), previous(a)]
     4: of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe";
        "former generations"; "in other times" [syn: early(a), former(a),
     n : the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and
         Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered
         today" [ant: latter]