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  1. the act of going before; precedence.
  2. priority.
  3. Astronomy. (of a planet) apparent retrograde motion.
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Origin of antecedence

First recorded in 1525–35; antecede + -ence
Can be confusedantecedence antecedents
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Related Words for antecedence

priority, importance, precedency, antecedency, anteriority

Examples from the Web for antecedence

Historical Examples of 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

    Andrew Lang

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for antecedence


  1. precedence; priority
  2. astronomy retrograde motion
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