situated before or at the front of; fore (opposed to posterior).
going before in time or sequence; preceding; earlier: events anterior to the outbreak of war.
Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) articulated in the region extending from the alveolar ridge to the lips; alveolar, dental, or labial.
(in animals and embryos) pertaining to or toward the head or forward end of the body.
(in humans) pertaining to or toward the front plane of the body, equivalent to the ventral surface of quadrupeds.
Botany. on the front side and away from the main axis, as the lower lip of a flower.
- an·te·ri·or·i·ty [an-teer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-], /ænˌtɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/, noun
- an·te·ri·or·ly, adverb
- non·an·te·ri·or, adjective
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How to use anterior in a sentence
On the other hand, anteriority and posteriority exist in dimension as well as in numbers.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
The ogive is, perhaps, very ancient; and authors dispute as to the anteriority of the Romanesque to the Gothic.Bouvard and Pcuchet | Gustave Flaubert
This anteriority of nature is a commonplace in philosophy: thus one says that the decrees of God have an order among themselves.Theodicy | G. W. Leibniz
We should here draw a distinction between the two senses of the a priori: anteriority and superiority.The Mind and the Brain | Alfred Binet
A simple physical mechanism may be a priori, in the sense of anteriority.The Mind and the Brain | Alfred Binet
British Dictionary definitions for anterior
situated at or towards the front
earlier in time
zoology of or near the head end
botany (of part of a flower or leaf) situated farthest away from the main stem
- Compare posterior
- anteriority (ænˌtɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), noun
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