ci-devant

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ci-de·vant

 (sē′də-väN′)
adj.
Former.

[French : ci, here + devant, before.]
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ci-devant

(sidəvɑ̃)
adj
(esp of an office-holder) former; recent
[literally: heretofore]
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ci-de•vant

(sidəˈvɑ̃)

adj.
former: used esp. in reference to a retired officeholder.
[French. literally formerly]
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