Definitions of antecedent:
- noun: the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
- noun: a preceding occurrence or cause or event
- noun: anything that precedes something similar in time
Example: "Phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
- noun: someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
- adjective: preceding in time or order
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