- the history, events, characteristics, etc., of one's earlier life: Little is known about his birth and antecedents.
- the first term of a ratio; the first or third term of a proportion.
- the first of two vectors in a dyad.
Origin of antecedent
Synonyms for antecedent
Antonyms for antecedent
Related Words for antecedentanterior, past, precedent, former, preliminary, earlier, foregoing, preceding, previous, precursory
Examples from the Web for antecedent
Contemporary Examples of antecedent
Even online chat rooms have an antecedent in the exchanges of nineteenth-century American telegraph operators.Social Media is So Old Even the Romans Had It
October 25, 2013
Historical Examples of antecedent
The antecedent of this pronoun had been mentioned for the last time at eight o'clock.Barnaby Rudge
If magnetism be an antecedent factor, magnetism may be its product.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
The antecedent in this instance is not Rubicon, but the entire clause.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
His scientists, his historians were all of the Victorian age or antecedent thereto.A Daughter of the Middle Border
No, its head spring, in this case, was antecedent to the lake.Bertha and Her Baptism