plural antenati\ -​āˌtī \

Definition of antenatus

: 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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First Known Use of antenatus

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antenatus

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

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“Antenatus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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