Antecedent definition

ăntĭ-sēdnt
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Any happening or thing prior to another.
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Going or coming before in time, order, or logic; prior; previous; preceding.
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One's ancestry, past life, training, etc.
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Going before; preceding.
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An antecedent is a part of a sentence that is later replaced by a pronoun.

An example of an antecedent is the word “John” in the sentence: “John loves his dog.”

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Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.
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(logic) The conditional part of a hypothetical proposition.

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A preceding occurrence, cause, or event.
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(logic) The conditional member of a hypothetical proposition.
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An antecedent is a part of your life that happened in the past.

An example of an antecedent is the loss of your first tooth.

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The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
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Antecedent means a person who was born before you in your family.

An example of an antecedent is your grandmother.

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(grammar) A word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun.
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(mathematics) The first term of a ratio, i.e. the term a in the ratio a:b, the other being the consequent.
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The definition of antecedent is something that happened before.

An example of an event that would be antecedent is dinner before a movie.

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An antecedent is defined as a situation or event that occurred before.

An example of an antecedent is the car chase in a movie that leads to a dramatic crash.

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Earlier, either in time or order.

An event antecedent to the Biblical Flood.

An antecedent cause.

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An antecedent improbability.

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(math.) The first term or numerator of a ratio.
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(mathematics) The first term of a ratio.
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(logic) The part of a conditional proposition that states the condition.
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(gram.) The word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers.

“man” is the antecedent of “who” in “the man who spoke”

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Anything logically preceding.
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One's ancestors.
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One that precedes another.
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(grammar) The word, phrase, or clause that determines what a pronoun refers to, as the children in The teacher asked the children where they were going.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
antecedent
Plural:
antecedents

Origin of antecedent

  • From Old French antecedent (French antécédent), from Latin antecēdēns (“go before”), from antecēdere (“to yield before”).

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