Definition of anterior
- an anterior ligament
- labor problems anterior to the strike
the anterior part of the brain
the anterior chamber of the eye is bounded in front by the cornea
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Anterior generally appears in either medical or scholarly contexts. Anatomy books refer to the anterior lobe of the brain, the anterior cerebral artery, the anterior facial vein, etc. Scholar and lawyers may use anterior to mean "earlier in time or order". For example, supporters of states' rights point out that the individual states enjoyed certain rights anterior to their joining the union. And prenuptial agreements are designed to protect the assets that one or both parties acquired anterior to the marriage.
: near or toward the front of something (such as the body)
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