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antecedence (plural antecedences)
- The act of preceding in time or order.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of H. Spenser to this entry?)
- (astronomy) An apparent motion of a planet toward the west; retrogradation.
- (geology) A geologic process that explain how and why antecedent rivers can cut through mountain systems instead of going around them.