to go before, in time, order, rank, etc.; precede:
Shakespeare antecedes Milton.
Historical Examples

We know of a certainty, however, that the patron saints of individuals did not antecede those of the Church itself.
Elements of Folk Psychology Wilhelm Wundt

(transitive) to go before, as in time, order, etc; precede

early 15c., from Latin antecedere “to go before” (see antecedent). Related: Anteceded; anteceding.


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