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antecedent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of antecedent

  1. going before another in time or order <I'd like to follow up on an antecedent question from another reporter> Synonyms previous, anterior, foregoing, former, precedent, preceding, priorRelated Words advance, early, premature; earliest, first, inaugural, initial, maiden, original, pioneer; preexisting; introductory, preliminary; erstwhile, whilomNear Antonyms advanced, late; closing, concluding, final, last, latest, latter, terminal, ultimateAntonyms after, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding




antecedent

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of antecedent

  1. 1 someone or something responsible for a result <what are the antecedents of the American Revolutionary War?> Synonyms cause, causality, causation, occasion, reasonRelated Words consideration, determinant, factor; alpha and omega, be-all and end-all; impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus; mother, origin, root, source, springNear Antonyms ramification; denouement (also dénouement), repercussion; conclusion, end; by-product, side effect (also side reaction)Antonyms aftereffect, aftermath, consequence, corollary, development, effect, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot

  2. 2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed <the typewriter is the antecedent of the computer keyboard> Synonyms ancestor, archetype, daddy, foregoer, forerunner, granddaddy (also grandaddy), precursor, predecessor, prototypeRelated Words model, original; originator, sire; father, motherNear Antonyms by-product, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth, spin-off; daughter, sonAntonyms descendant (also descendent)





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