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Dinosaurs antedated the first human beings by almost 65 million years, though this stubborn fact never used to stop cartoonists and screenwriters from having the two species inhabit the same story line. Dictionary editors are constantly noticing how the oral use of a word may antedate its first appearance in print by a number of years. Antedating a check or a contract isn't illegal unless it's done for the purpose of fraud (the same is true of its opposite, postdating).
Examples of antedate in a Sentence
The church antedates the village itself.
dinosaurs antedate cavemen by millions of years
ANTEDATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of antedate for English Language Learners
: to give an earlier date rather than the actual date to (something)
: to be earlier or older than (something)
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