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antecedent

noun

1 antecedent

Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).

synonyms: ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, root.

Dutch: stamvader, voorloper, voorouder, voorvader, voorvaderen, voorzaat
Polish: antenat, ascendent, przodek, wstępny



2 antecedent

A preceding occurrence or cause or event.

Polish: antecedencja, antecedens

3 antecedent

Anything that precedes something similar in time:
— Phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience.

synonym: forerunner.

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more

Dutch: precedent

4 antecedent

The referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun.

Dutch: antecedent, voorouder
Polish: antecedencja

adjective

1 antecedent

Preceding in time or order.

Roget 62: preceding etc. v.; precedent, antecedent; anterior; prior etc. 116; before; former; foregoing; beforementioned, ... show more

Roget 116: prior, previous; preceding, precedent; anterior, antecedent; pre-existing, pre-existent; former, foregoing; aforementioned, before-mentioned, abovementioned; ... show more


Moby thesaurus: agency, ancestor, ancestors, announcer, antecede, antecedents, antedate, anterior, anticipatory, ascendant, ascendants, avant-garde, base, basis, bellwether, buccinator, bushwhacker, call, causation, cause ... show more.

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