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Meaning & Definition of Antecedent in English

English

Antecedent

/æntɛsədənt/

noun

1. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    synonym:
  • ancestor
  • ,
  • ascendant
  • ,
  • ascendent
  • ,
  • antecedent
  • ,
  • root

2. A preceding occurrence or cause or event

    synonym:
  • antecedent

3. Anything that precedes something similar in time

  • "Phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
    synonym:
  • antecedent
  • ,
  • forerunner

4. The referent of an anaphor

  • A phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
    synonym:
  • antecedent

adjective

1. Preceding in time or order

    synonym:
  • antecedent