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Pronunciation:  `anti'seednt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
  2. [n]  a preceding occurrence or cause or event
  3. [n]  someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent)
  4. [n]  anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
  5. [adj]  preceding in time or order

ANTECEDENT is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ancestor, anterior, anticipatory, ascendant, ascendent, forerunner, preceding, preexistent, prevenient, prior(a), root
 Antonyms: descendant, descendent, subsequent
 See Also: ancestress, cause, father, forbear, forebear, forefather, foremother, preceding(a), primogenitor, progenitor, referent, relation, relative, sire, temporal relation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \An`te*ced"ent\, a. [L. antecedens, -entis, p. pr. of
    antecedere: cf. F. ant['e]c['e]dent.]
    1. Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an
       event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause.
    2. Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.
    Syn: Prior; previous; foregoing.
  2. \An`te*ced"ent\, n. [Cf. F. ant['e]c['e]dent.]
    1. That which goes before in time; that which precedes.
             The Homeric mythology, as well as the Homeric
             language, has surely its antecedents. --Max Miller.
    2. One who precedes or goes in front. [Obs.]
             My antecedent, or my gentleman usher. --Massinger.
    3. pl. The earlier events of one's life; previous principles,
       conduct, course, history. --J. H. Newman.
             If the troops . . . prove worthy of their
             antecedents, the victory is surely ours. --Gen. G.
    4. (Gram.) The noun to which a relative refers; as, in the
       sentence ``Solomon was the prince who built the temple,''
       prince is the antecedent of who.
    5. (Logic)
       (a) The first or conditional part of a hypothetical
           proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must
       (b) The first of the two propositions which constitute an
           enthymeme or contracted syllogism; as, Every man is
           mortal; therefore the king must die.
    6. (Math.) The first of the two terms of a ratio; the first
       or third of the four terms of a proportion. In the ratio
       a:b, a is the antecedent, and b the consequent.
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