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anterior

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of anterior

  1. 1 being at or in the forward part or surface of something the anterior chamber of the eye is bounded in front by the cornea Synonyms of anterior front, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)Words Related to anterior ventralNear Antonyms of anterior dorsalAntonyms of anterior aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

  2. 2 going before another in time or order fossils from an anterior geologic age Synonyms of anterior antecedent, previous, foregoing, former, precedent, preceding, priorWords Related to anterior advance, early, premature; earliest, first, inaugural, initial, maiden, original, pioneer; preexisting; introductory, preliminary; erstwhile, whilomNear Antonyms of anterior advanced, late; closing, concluding, final, last, latest, latter, terminal, ultimateAntonyms of anterior after, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

Synonym Discussion of anterior

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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