Going before in time, rank, etc.: antecedent: previous: former.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Going before; antecedent.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)

Usage examples:

His suspicious nature has probably been handed down to him from preceding generations.
- The Boer in Peace and War by Arthur M. Mann
I once shot one upon such a nest, from which I had taken crows' eggs the preceding summer.
- Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
When Mrs. M. arrived I told her what I had seen on the preceding evening.
- Real Ghost Stories by William T. Stead