[ an-tuh-seed-ns ]
/ ˌæn təˈsid ns /


the act of going before; precedence.
Astronomy. (of a planet) apparent retrograde motion.

Origin of antecedence

First recorded in 1525–35; antecede + -ence

Can be confused

antecedence antecedents Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antecedence

  • 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
  • The chief principle, then, of savage science is that antecedence and consequence in time are the same as effect and cause.

  • Respecting the phenomena of inanimate nature, we have no other direct knowledge than that of antecedence and sequence.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for antecedence


/ (ˌæntɪˈsiːdəns) /


precedence; priority
astronomy retrograde motion
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