- 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.
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Origin of antecedent
SYNONYMS FOR 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
Example sentences from the Web for antecedent
It is antecedently true only if it can bring about these changes.The pragmatic theory of truth as developed by Peirce, James, and Dewey|Delton Loring Geyer
The counter allegation is that, although miracles may be antecedently incredible, they nevertheless actually took place.Supernatural Religion, Vol. I. (of III)|Walter Richard Cassels
A return to Toulon was, antecedently, equally improbable, although it proved to be the alternative adopted by Villeneuve.The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)|A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Whatever definition be given of miracles, such exceptional phenomena must at least be antecedently incredible.Supernatural Religion, Vol. III. (of III)|Walter Richard Cassels
They deny that there is any thing in the nature of man, antecedently to his act of willing, that possesses a moral character.Calvinistic Controversy|Wilbur Fisk