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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