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Temporal noun (jisoumeishi)
May take the particle 'no'
Antonym: 後期
first term, first half-year, preceding period, early periodpériode précédente, première période, premier semestredie erste Jahreshälfte, das Sommersemester (Schuljahre und Unijahre beginnen in Japan im April), das vergangene Halbjahr, das vergangene Semester, Prophase (erste Phase der Zellteilung)

ON: ゼンKUN: まえ, -まえ
in front, before

ON: キ, ゴ
period, time, date, term

Example sentences
当期純利益は50億円の見込みで、前期とほとんど変わりません。Parts: 当期純利益 (とうきじゅんりえき), 億円 (おくえん), 見込み (みこみ), 前期 (ぜんき), 殆ど (ほとんど), 変わる (かわる)Net profit for the period is estimated at 5 billion yen, largely unchanged from the previous one.

同社の第4四半期の業績は前期に比べ、急激に改善した。Parts: 同社 (どうしゃ), (だい), 四半期 (しはんき), 業績 (ぎょうせき), 前期 (ぜんき), 比べる (くらべる), 急激 (きゅうげき), 改善 (かいぜん)The company's fourth quarter results sharply improved from the preceding quarter.

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