- the act of going before; precedence.
- Astronomy. (of a planet) apparent retrograde motion.
Origin of antecedence
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Examples from the Web for antecedence
The chief principle, then, of savage science is that antecedence and consequence in time are the same as effect and cause.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
God has established an order in nature, a uniformity of antecedence and sequence, with which Omnipotence shall not interfere.The Theistic Conception of the World
B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
Respecting the phenomena of inanimate nature, we have no other direct knowledge than that of antecedence and sequence.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive
John Stuart Mill
Or do 'states of consciousness enter as links into the chain of antecedence and sequence which gives rise to bodily actions?'Is Life Worth Living?
William Hurrell Mallock
- precedence; priority
- astronomy retrograde motion
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