antecedent

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  • Info An antecedent is a preceding event, condition, cause, phrase, or word.
  • There were no books, no school house, no antecedent knowledge of what was needed. Cited from Woman on the American Frontier, William W. Fowler
  • You do not even know the true man, his name, nor antecedents. Cited from Joyce of the North Woods, by Harriet T. Comstock
  • He must know something of its antecedents, before he can appreciate its character. Cited from The Symbolism of Freemasonry, by Albert G. Mackey
  • She never gave one of her children any definite information concerning her antecedents. Cited from My Life, Volume I, by Richard Wagner
  • This alone would make it proper to lay his antecedents before the reader. Cited from Love Me Little, Love Me Long,by Charles Reade
  • The antecedent conditions of its coming were all present; but it came not. Cited from Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century, by Various
  • When used for direct objects, the personal a is required if the antecedent is human.
  • Knowing his antecedents, the police will not stand upon any ceremony with him. Cited from The Crimson Blind, by Fred M. White
  • I should have to ask about your antecedents, what you have done, all about you, in fact. Cited from Parrot & Co., by Harold MacGrath
  • Of course, also, no one of the three desired that his antecedents should be known. Cited from The Young Trawler, by R.M. Ballantyne
  • They were trying to find out my antecedents but they did not succeed. Cited from The Secrets of the German War Office, A.K. Graves
  • Of the antecedents and history of this doctrine enough has already been said. Cited from Rousseau, Volumes 1 and 2, by John Morley
  • It is necessary now that I should tell the readers something about my own antecedents. Cited from The Uninhabited House, by Mrs. J. H. Riddell
  • Each antecedent of his career had been a step of strength and success departed. Cited from The Tragic Comedians by G. Meredith, v2
  • Had any of these antecedents been missing, the winning race-horse would not have won the race. Cited from A Critical Examination of Socialism, by William Hurrell Mallock
  • In contrast to its antecedents, the new library was open to the general public.
  • And are they those which are the first in children, and antecedent to all acquired ones? Cited from An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, Volume I., by John Locke
  • Nor could she obtain any further light by inquiring somewhat into their antecedents. Cited from A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century, E. P. Roe
  • The two countries have historical antecedents that pre-date both countries' independence.
  • Indeed it may be interesting for you to hear that I know something of his antecedents already. Cited from The Story of Louis Riel: The Rebel Chief, by Joseph Edmund Collins
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Meaning of antecedent

  • noun A preceding occurrence or cause or event
  • noun Anything that precedes something similar in time
    phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience
  • noun The referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
  • adjective Preceding in time or order