Part of speech: adverb

Some time ago; once.

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Usage examples "formerly":

  1. He was a distinguished- looking man now, whereas formerly he had only been an impressive- looking one. - "The Silent Isle", Arthur Christopher Benson.
  2. So to bed, a little troubled that I have been at two houses this afternoon with Mrs. Lane that were formerly shut up of the plague. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  3. " I find my people much more disposed to work than they formerly were. - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.