1 someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) [syn: ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, root] [ant: descendant]
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
- any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing
- one's ancestors
- a word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun
- In "The policeman asked the boy what he was doing" the phrase "the boy" is the antecedent of the pronoun "he".
- The conditional part of a hypothetical proposition
any thing that precedes another thing
a word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun
conditional part of a hypothetical proposition
An antecedent is a preceding event, condition, cause, phrase, or word.
- Antecedent moisture is a hydrologic term describing the relative wetness condition of a sewershed.
- In logic, an antecedent is the first half of a hypothetical proposition.
- In grammar, an antecedent is the word to which a pronoun refers.
- A musical phrase (music) may be an antecedent or consequent phrase.
- In criminal cases, antecedents are the life history and previous convictions of a defendant.
- In behavioral research, an antecedent stimulus elicits a learned response from an organism.
- In drama and literature, the antecedent action is what occurs prior to the opening of a play or story.
antecedent in German: Antezedens
antecedent in French: Antécédent
antecedent in Slovak: Antecedent
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