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Antecedent

An`te`ced´ent
a.1.Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause.
2.Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.
n.1.That which goes before in time; that which precedes.
2.One who precedes or goes in front.
My antecedent, or my gentleman usher.
- Massinger.
3.The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history.
4.(Gram.) The noun to which a relative refers; as, in the sentence "Solomon was the prince who built the temple," prince is the antecedent of who.
5.(Logic) The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move.
6.(Math.) The first of the two terms of a ratio; the first or third of the four terms of a proportion. In the ratio a:b, a is the antecedent, and b the consequent.
Noun1.antecedent - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
2.antecedent - a preceding occurrence or cause or event
3.antecedent - anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
Synonyms: forerunner
4.antecedent - the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
Adj.1.antecedent - preceding in time or order
Synonyms: preceding
Antonyms:
subsequent - following in time or order; "subsequent developments"

ANTECEDENT. Something that goes before. In the construction of laws, agreements, and the like, reference is always to be made to the last antecedent; ad proximun antecedens fiat relatio. But not only the antecedents but the subsequent clauses of the instrument must be considered: Ex antecedentibus et consequentibus fit optima interpretatio.

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