Part of speech:

Going before; preceding.

Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun

One who or that which goes before.

Part of speech: noun

The noun to which a relative pronoun refers.

Part of speech: noun

The previous history of a person or thing.

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Usage examples "antecedent":

  1. And here I should like to express myself indebted to Mr. Mill for the following ideas:-" The cause of every change is a prior change; and such it cannot but be; for if there were no new antecedent, there would be no new consequent. - "A Candid Examination of Theism", George John Romanes.
  2. What is a compound relative, including both the antecedent and the relative and is equivalent to that which; as, " I did what he desired," i. - "How to Speak and Write Correctly", Joseph Devlin.
  3. I shall shortly give another illustration of this; at present I will merely point out that the Christian writers, as time went on, not only introduced new doctrines, legends, miracles and so forth- most of which we can trace to antecedent pagan sources- but that they took especial pains to destroy the pagan records and so obliterate the evidence of their own dishonesty. - "Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning", Edward Carpenter.