# EARLIEST

Returns the current value of the specified column in an outer evaluation pass of the specified column.

## Syntax

EARLIEST(<column>)


### Parameters

Term Definition
column A reference to a column.

## Return value

A column with filters removed.

## Remarks

• The EARLIEST function is similar to EARLIER, but lets you specify one additional level of recursion.

• This function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules.

## Example

The current sample data does not support this scenario.

= EARLIEST(<column>)