Definitions of antecedent

  1. someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote that a grandparent)
  2. preceding in time or order
  3. the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
  4. a preceding occurrence or cause or event
  5. anything that precedes something similar in time; " phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
  6. someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  7. Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.
  8. That which goes before in time; that which precedes.
  9. One who precedes or goes in front.
  10. The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history.
  11. The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move.
  12. 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.
  13. Going before; preceding.
  14. 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.
  15. The noun to which a relative or other pronoun refers.
  16. Preceding.
  17. That which precedes in time: ( gram.) the noun or pronoun to which a relative pronoun refers:- pl. previous principles, conduct, history, etc.
  20. Going before in time.
  21. That which goes before; previous event; noun to which the relative refers.
  22. One who or that which goes before.
  23. The noun to which a relative pronoun refers.
  24. The previous history of a person or thing.
  25. Prior conduct.
  26. That which goes before in time or place; the noun to which a relative refers. The conditional clause of a hypothetical proposition. The first of two terms of a ratio.
  27. That which goes before in time or place.
  28. Going before in time or place.

Usage examples for antecedent

  1. We must therefore acknowledge relations of justice antecedent to the positive law by which they are established: as for instance, that if human societies existed it would be right to conform to their laws; if there were intelligent beings that had received a benefit of another being, they ought to show their gratitude; if one intelligent being had created another intelligent being, the latter ought to continue in its original state of dependence; if one intelligent being injures another, it deserves a retaliation; and so on. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I by Various
  2. This antecedent recognition of autonomy was not peculiar to Canada. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  3. And are they little men- in one's antecedent notion? – The Cardinal's Snuff-Box by Henry Harland
  4. The old lady seemed, however, to dismiss the subject, going on with something antecedent to it:- You see now, my dear, why I said 'I hope. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  5. It seemed to him that this man was not acting from conviction but from an antecedent determination. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  6. For these properties are antecedent to all action of the substance; nor can a created substance act by its essence, but only through active powers, or faculties, or forces, which meditate between the essence of a created substance and its actions, and which are the proximate principles of these actions, while the substance or nature is their remote principle. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  7. All really scientific experience tells us that life can be produced from a living antecedent only. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  8. " It is raining" is correct, although it has no antecedent. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  9. Out of home and family and religious antecedent. – Training the Teacher by A. F. Schauffler Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux Martin G. Brumbaugh Marion Lawrance
  10. Jackson, by reason of his antecedent training, was eminently capable of the sustained intellectual efforts which strategical conceptions involve. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  11. This indeed may have been the case already more than once, since the earth was first peopled with men, and antecedent to our histories. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  12. During the past summer an antecedent but unsuccessful attempt to obtain it was renewed under circumstances which promised the most favorable results. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  13. 9. Here he and him are each equivalent to the man, and each is taken as the antecedent to the relative which follows it. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. What the antecedent history of this uncomfortable room really is no one seems to know, although it is generally agreed that in the distant past it must have been the silent witness of some tragic occurrence. – Strange Pages from Family Papers by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
  15. The earliest date, conversely, is that to which we are brought down by references in the book itself to antecedent and current events, and writings, or by undeniable marks of their influence. – The Making of the New Testament by Benjamin W. Bacon
  16. The former is called the Antecedent, the latter the Consequent. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock