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antecedent

 
Adjective antecedent has 1 sense
  1. antecedent, preceding - preceding in time or order
    Antonyms: subsequent, consequent, ensuant, resultant, resulting, sequent, future, later, ulterior
Noun antecedent has 4 senses
  1. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    --1 is a kind of relative, relation
    --1 has particulars:
     ancestress; forebear, forbear; forefather, father, sire; foremother; progenitor, primogenitor
  2. antecedent - a preceding occurrence or cause or event
    --2 is a kind of
    cause
    Derived form: verb antecede1
  3. antecedent, forerunner - anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
    --3 is a kind of temporal relation
  4. antecedent - the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
    --4 is a kind of
    referent
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