- 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
Examples from the Web for antecedents
The SUVs, coupes, and sedans that populate dealer showrooms are much greener than their antecedents.Farewell to the Gas Station: The Demise of a Car-Culture Icon|Daniel Gross|May 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These examples of art bleeding into marketing have antecedents, of course.
He paid cash for it, so his references and his antecedents were not investigated at the time.On Secret Service|William Nelson Taft
Also my inbred, almost instinctive curiosity as to the purposes and antecedents of lurking folk of all kinds, pricked me.The Dew of Their Youth|S. R. Crockett
When one's antecedents have not been of a licit character, one is predisposed to make extraordinary excuses for others.The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin|Emilia Pardo Bazn
What did he know of the woman, of her antecedents and circumstances?The Destroying Angel|Louis Joseph Vance
Few towns now standing have a right to be more proud of their antecedents than Boston.North America, Volume I (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for antecedents (1 of 2)
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Word Origin and History for antecedents
late 14c. (n. and adj.), from Old French antecedent (14c.) or directly from Latin antecedentem (nominative antecedens), present participle of antecedere "go before, precede," from ante- "before" (see ante) + cedere "to yield" (see cede). Used as a noun in Latin philosophical writings.