Meaning of 'antecedent'

Find the meaning of the word ‘antecedent’

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Meaning of ‘antecedent’

5 definitions found.



preceding in time or order


the referent of an anaphor


a preceding occurrence or cause or event


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

Synonyms: ascendant ascendent root ancestor


anything that precedes something similar in time

Example: "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"

Synonyms: forerunner

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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