noun an·te·na·tus

Definition of antenatus



  1. :  a person born before a certain time or event especially with reference to the existence of political rights (as a person born in an American colony before the Declaration of Independence) —usually used in plural eligibility of antenati to hold office —opposed to postnatus

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Origin and Etymology of antenatus

Medieval Latin, firstborn son, ancestor, predecessor, from Latin ante- + natus, past participle of nasci to be born — more at nation

First Known Use: 1653

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