antecedent (adj.)

  1. preceding in time or order

    antecedent (n.)

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    [ Syn: ancestor , ascendant , ascendent , root ]

  2. a preceding occurrence or cause or event

  3. anything that precedes something similar in time; phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience

    [ Syn: forerunner ]

  4. the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

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