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Definition of 'antecedent'

Noun

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
       Synonyms: ancestor ascendant ascendent root
       Antonyms: descendant descendent
  2. a preceding occurrence or cause or event
  3. anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
       Synonyms: forerunner
  4. the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

Adjective

  1. preceding in time or order
       Synonyms: preceding
       Antonyms: subsequent


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