- 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.
SYNONYMS FOR antecedent
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Origin of antecedent
OTHER WORDS FROM antecedentan·te·ce·den·tal [an-tuh-see-den-tl], /ˌæn tə siˈdɛn tl/, adjectivean·te·ced·ent·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH antecedentantecedence, antecedents
Words nearby antecedent
Example sentences from the Web for antecedent
Much like the blood-drinking, Satan-worshipping, pedophilic cabal of QAnon’s theories, the Prokopian antecedent demonstrates a mixing of political critique with the supernatural and the erotic.What the QAnon of the 6th Century Teaches Us About Conspiracies|Roland Betancourt|February 3, 2021|Time
Even online chat rooms have an antecedent in the exchanges of nineteenth-century American telegraph operators.
If the riots have any comparable antecedent, it's the violence that took over French towns and cities in the fall of 2005.
The nature both of this substance and the antecedent substance from which it is derived is not known.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Spencer tells us that it is 'absolutely antecedent to all relative experience whatever.'Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
In this line and the next the attributive clauses are separated from the antecedent: see note, l. 2.Milton's Comus|John Milton
Law and antecedent necessity to Mr. Mill are one and the same.
To a scientist there is nothing more in it than antecedent and consequent.Theism or Atheism|Chapman Cohen