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Definition 1: the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun - [noun denoting communication]

(antecedent is a kind of ...) something referred to; the object of a reference

Definition 2: a preceding occurrence or cause or event - [noun denoting event]

(antecedent is a kind of ...) events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something

"they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"

Definition 3: someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for antecedent in the sense of this definition

(antecedent is a kind of ...) a person related by blood or marriage

"police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

(... is a kind of antecedent ) a woman ancestor

(... is a kind of antecedent ) a person from whom you are descended

(... is a kind of antecedent ) the founder of a family

"keep the faith of our forefathers"

(... is a kind of antecedent ) a woman ancestor

(... is a kind of antecedent ) an ancestor in the direct line

Definition 4: anything that precedes something similar in time - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where antecedent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience

Synonyms for antecedent in the sense of this definition

(antecedent is a kind of ...) a relation involving time

Definition 5: preceding in time or order - [adjective denoting all]

(antecedent is similar to ...) earlier in time

(antecedent is similar to ...) in anticipation

(antecedent is similar to ...) existing previously or before something

"variations on pre-existent musical themes"

(means also ...) existing or coming before

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