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antecedent

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going before another in time or order

  • I'd like to follow up on an antecedent question from another reporter
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preceding, antecedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior mean being before. preceding usually implies being immediately before in time or in place.
    • the preceding sentence
antecedent applies to order in time and may suggest a causal relation.
    • conditions antecedent to the revolution
foregoing applies chiefly to statements.
    • the foregoing remarks
previous and prior imply existing or occurring earlier, but prior often adds an implication of greater importance.
    • a child from a previous marriage
    • a prior obligation
former implies always a definite comparison or contrast with something that is latter.
    • the former name of the company
anterior applies to position before or ahead of usually in space, sometimes in time or order.
    • the anterior lobe of the brain

antecedent

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1 someone or something responsible for a result

  • what are the antecedents of the American Revolutionary War?
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2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed

  • the typewriter is the antecedent of the computer keyboard
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