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verb (used with object), an·te·ced·ed, an·te·ced·ing.
  1. to go before, in time, order, rank, etc.; precede: Shakespeare antecedes Milton.
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Origin of antecede

First recorded in 1615–25, antecede is from the Latin word antecēdere to go before, precede, excel, surpass. See ante-, cede
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  • Accordingly, the idea was again adopted that, anteceding marriage, there was an original state of promiscuity.

    Elements of Folk Psychology

    Wilhelm Wundt

  • Here also, just as at the beginning of the anteceding age, there are numerous reciprocal relations between these various factors.

  • A glance at the anteceding pages of this libellus me-sheweth poor Will Roper at ye season his love-fitt for me was at its height.

British Dictionary definitions for anteceding


  1. (tr) to go before, as in time, order, etc; precede
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin antecēdere, from cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for anteceding



early 15c., from Latin antecedere "to go before" (see antecedent). Related: Anteceded; anteceding.

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