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antecedent (not comparable)
- Earlier, either in time or order.
- an event antecedent to the Biblical Flood
- an antecedent cause
- an antecedent improbability
earlier in time or order
|Examples (linguistics: expression referred to by pronoun)|
antecedent (plural antecedents)
- Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.
- An ancestor.
- (grammar) A word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun.
- (logic) The conditional part of a hypothetical proposition.
- (mathematics) The first term of a ratio, i.e. the term a in the ratio a:b, the other being the consequent.
- (something which precedes): precedent, precursor
- (an ancestor): ascendant, ascendent, forebear, forefather, forerunner, predecessor, progenitor
any thing that precedes another thing
word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun
conditional part of a hypothetical proposition
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- third-person plural future active indicative of antecēdō