ex ante

adjective

: based on assumption and prediction and being essentially subjective and estimative
an ex ante plan for the budget
consistency of market behavior, and therefore reasonable conformity of ex ante expectations with ex post reality, is basically determined by the social stability of the communityWerner Hochwald
opposed to ex post

Word History

Etymology

ex entry 2 + ante (adverb)

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“Ex ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20ante. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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