- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR antecedent
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
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How to use antecedent in a sentence
If dinosaurs in museums are chimeras, their prehistoric antecedents are unobservable entities.How Tycoons Created the Dinosaur - Issue 107: The Edge|Lukas Rieppel|October 20, 2021|Nautilus
I know that American history is rife with that kind of historical antecedent, in the past it has worked itself out, and the pendulum has swung the other way.'It Moved Me to Tears.' William Shatner On Briefly Going Where Some Men Have Gone Before|Jeffrey Kluger|October 14, 2021|Time
Powers’s thoroughly modern fable of environmental mourning hardly needs to dredge up that cringeworthy antecedent.Fresh off a Pulitzer win for ‘The Overstory,’ Richard Powers delivers another environmental ode|Ron Charles|September 21, 2021|Washington Post
I’ve lived hereabout all my life but, for most of that time, it would be fair to say that I’ve never concerned myself with the tribulations of long-dead antecedents.
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