Occurring before or in front of something else, in time, place, rank or sequence. (adjective)
Present participle of precede. (verb)
Examples of word preceding
The term preceding the Commencement of 1799 was especially stormy.
The recognition of Conversion, in fact, requires us to admit that, formally, in a logical proposition, the term preceding the copula is subject and the one following is predicate.
Label (render the label preceding the above, wrapped in a tag
Yet UN officials said this epidemic was unexpected, attempting to excuse their slow response and failure to quarantine the zone where cholera broke out - even as they took credit in preceding months for preventing a postearthquake outbreak of infectious disease.
Now, if you hate writing short stories, most of the preceding is probably irrelevant to you.