antecedency

noun
an·​te·​ced·​en·​cy | \ -ᵊnsē, -si \
plural -es

Definition of antecedency

1 : the condition of being antecedent : priority
2 antecedencies plural : antecedent events

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First Known Use of antecedency

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antecedency

Latin antecedentia, neuter plural of antecedent-, antecedens, present participle of antecedere to go before

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“Antecedency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antecedency. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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