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Definition of formerly:

  1. In time past, either in time immediately preceding or at any indefinite distance; of old; heretofore.


centuries ago, in former times, anteriorly, some time ago, way back when, time out of mind, onetime, before, once, used to be, a while back, eons ago, afore, in the past, in one case, anciently, before this, preliminarily, in olden times, beforehand, in days gone by, at a time, one time, antecedently, erstwhile, earlier, at once, in the old days, in time past, beforetime, in days of yore, past, already, erst, long ago, heretofore, at one time, one day, aforetime, in the early days, once upon a time, precede, ago.

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