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English adjective: antecedent

1. antecedent preceding in time or order


Similaranterior, anticipatory, pre-existent, pre-existing, preexistent, preexisting, prevenient, prior


See alsopreceding


Antonymssubsequent


English noun: antecedent

1. antecedent (person) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)


Synonymsancestor, ascendant, ascendent, root


Broader (hypernym)relation, relative


Narrower (hyponym)ancestress, father, forbear, forebear, forefather, foremother, primogenitor, progenitor, sire


Antonymsdescendant, descendent

2. antecedent (event) a preceding occurrence or cause or event


Broader (hypernym)cause

3. antecedent anything that precedes something similar in time


SamplesPhrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience.


Synonymsforerunner


Broader (hypernym)temporal relation

4. antecedent (communication) the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun


Broader (hypernym)referent









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