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antecedent

adjective

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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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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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Adjective

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

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The first known use of antecedent was in the 15th century

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“Antecedent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/antecedent. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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