- 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.
Words nearby antecedent
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
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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