- 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
How to use antecedent in a sentence
The propitiation required antecedently to a revelation was indeed offered.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
With inexorable logic, each conclusion is deduced from what has been antecedently admitted as indisputable.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
Such was the history of this man antecedently to his being placed in the situation in which I had first encountered him.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
When a man is ill and after deliberation concludes that it be well to see a doctor, the doctor doubtless exists antecedently.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
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