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antecedent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of antecedent

  1. going before another in time or order I'd like to follow up on an antecedent question from another reporter Synonyms of antecedent previous, anterior, foregoing, former, precedent, preceding, priorWords Related to antecedent advance, early, premature; earliest, first, inaugural, initial, maiden, original, pioneer; preexisting; introductory, preliminary; erstwhile, whilomNear Antonyms of antecedent advanced, late; closing, concluding, final, last, latest, latter, terminal, ultimateAntonyms of antecedent after, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding


antecedent

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of antecedent

  1. 1 someone or something responsible for a result what are the antecedents of the American Revolutionary War? Synonyms of antecedent cause, causality, causation, occasion, reasonWords Related to antecedent consideration, determinant, factor; alpha and omega, be-all and end-all; impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus; mother, origin, root, source, springNear Antonyms of antecedent ramification; denouement (also dénouement), repercussion; conclusion, end; by-product, side effect (also side reaction)Antonyms of antecedent aftereffect, aftermath, consequence, corollary, development, effect, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot

  2. 2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed the typewriter is the antecedent of the computer keyboard Synonyms of antecedent ancestor, archetype, daddy, foregoer, forerunner, granddaddy (also grandaddy), precursor, predecessor, prototypeWords Related to antecedent model, original; originator, sire; father, motherNear Antonyms of antecedent by-product, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth, spin-off; daughter, sonAntonyms of antecedent descendant (also descendent)



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