What does the word formerly mean?

Usage examples for formerly

  1. He was a distinguished- looking man now, whereas formerly he had only been an impressive- looking one. – The Silent Isle by 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 by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. " I find my people much more disposed to work than they formerly were. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society