antecedent antecedent  /ˌæn ˈtɛ sə dənt/


  1. (n) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  2. (n) a preceding occurrence or cause or event
  3. (n) anything that precedes something similar in time
  4. (n) the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
  5. (adj) preceding in time or order


  1. The young artist, in her interaction with the press said that her antecedent was Van Gogh.
  2. The sinking of the merchant ship was the undisputed antecedent of the horrendous war.
  3. It can now be told with certainty that the antecedent of the revolution was three decades of oppressive dictatorship.



  1. "Newton's performance is probably the closest antecedent to Jack Sparrow because he's colorful, unpredictable, roguish and scurrilous but somehow likable," Maltin said.
    on May 23, 2007 By: Leonard Maltin Source: Forbes

  2. "It's very sophisticated technology and it really allows us to examine some of the antecedent other than just bare details of date of birth etcetera," Mr Howard told Channel 9 today. "The great advantage of this new technology is we will be...
    on Jul 8, 2007 By: John Howard Source: The Australian

  3. In his majority opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens emphasized the importance of habeas corpus, citing a 1945 case in which it was described as "a writ antecedent to statute ...... throwing its roots deep into the genius of our common law," and a...
    on Dec 4, 2007 By: John Paul Stevens Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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