What does the word antecedent mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Edward Carpenter