I'm trying to communcate the idea of 'Last full week'. That is, the most recent Sunday through Saturday range that has totally finished.

    October 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
          1  2  3  4
 5  6  7  8  9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Some examples

  • At 11:00am on Wednesday the 29th, the last full week is the 19th - 25th.
  • At 1:00am on Sunday the 26th, the last full week is the 19th - 25th.

Is there a more clear phrase to represent this concept?

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    Are you asking this in the context of writing a user interface? Because there is a whole site dedicated to questions about this: ux.stackexchange.com – DJClayworth Oct 29 '14 at 16:53
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    Note also that European calendars often start with Monday and not Sunday. – choster Oct 29 '14 at 16:58
  • I think you're looking for "previous" (or preceding), not "last", which is ambiguous and can be interpreted as "final". – Dan Bron Oct 29 '14 at 18:14

You are only going to find circumlocutions to express this concept. It's common in English to use expressions like:

Election Day in the United States is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials. It occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November (this does not necessarily mean the "first Tuesday" in a month because the first day of a month can be a Tuesday). (Wikipedia)

Even with the clear words, the Wikipedia author thought it necessary to further clarify with a parenthetical statement. And choster's comment above is one example of the futility of having a single word.

So your answer may be something like

The last full week within the same month, seven days beginning Sunday at midnight and ending Saturday at midnight.

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