an antecedent event.
a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.
the history, events, characteristics, etc., of one’s earlier life:
Little is known about his birth and antecedents.
Grammar. a word, phrase, or clause, usually a substantive, that is replaced by a pronoun or other substitute later, or occasionally earlier, in the same or in another, usually subsequent, sentence. In Jane lost a glove and she can’t find it, Jane is the antecedent of she and glove is the antecedent of it.
the first term of a ratio; the first or third term of a proportion.
the first of two vectors in a dyad.
Logic. the conditional element in a proposition, as “Caesar conquered Gaul,” in “If Caesar conquered Gaul, he was a great general.”.
I wish briefly to show that this was antecedently to have been expected.
The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper Martin Farquhar Tupper
It is antecedently true only if it can bring about these changes.
The pragmatic theory of truth as developed by Peirce, James, and Dewey Delton Loring Geyer
To be sure, his people had once regarded the possibility of a resurrection as, to say the least of it, antecedently improbable.
The Return of the Prodigal May Sinclair
They deny that there is any thing in the nature of man, antecedently to his act of willing, that possesses a moral character.
Calvinistic Controversy Wilbur Fisk
We were created in the Son of Gods love, antecedently to our redemption by Him.
The Expositor’s Bible: Ephesians G. G. Findlay
With inexorable logic, each conclusion is deduced from what has been antecedently admitted as indisputable.
The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
But who could know, antecedently to experience, whether there was a reason or not?
A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive John Stuart Mill
But Jews and Gentiles were alike under moral obligation to its precepts, antecedently to the covenant made at Sinai.
Tracts on the Sabbath Various
The preliminary affirmation is not that miracles are impossible, but that they are antecedently incredible.
Supernatural Religion, Vol. I. (of III) Walter Richard Cassels
It is not conceivable that anything ever will; success of arbitration, antecedently improbable, is demonstrably impossible.
The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays Ambrose Bierce
an event, circumstance, etc, that happens before another
(grammar) a word or phrase to which a pronoun refers. In the sentence “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” people is the antecedent of who
(logic) the hypothetical clause, usually introduced by “if”, in a conditional statement: that which implies the other
(maths) an obsolescent name for numerator (sense 1)
(logic) denying the antecedent, the fallacy of inferring the falsehood of the consequent of a conditional statement, given the truth of the conditional and the falsehood of its antecedent, as if there are five of them, there are more than four: there are not five, so there are not more than four
preceding in time or order; prior
late 14c. (n. and adj.), from Old French antecedent (14c.) or directly from Latin antecedentem (nominative antecedens), present participle of antecedere “go before, precede,” from ante- “before” (see ante) + cedere “to yield” (see cede). Used as a noun in Latin philosophical writings.
antecedent an·te·ce·dent (ān’tĭ-sēd’nt)
preceding; prior: an antecedent event. a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc. antecedents. . the history, events, characteristics, etc., of one’s earlier life: Little is known about his birth and antecedents. Grammar. a word, phrase, or clause, usually a substantive, that is replaced by a pronoun or other substitute later, or occasionally earlier, in […]
to go before, in time, order, rank, etc.; precede: Shakespeare antecedes Milton. Historical Examples A glance at the anteceding pages of this libellus me-sheweth poor Will Roper at ye season his love-fitt for me was at its height. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various Accordingly, the idea was again adopted that, anteceding […]
a person who goes before; predecessor. Historical Examples But we may especially note the epithet by which the witches are said to have first appealed to the Devil—antecessor. Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway No one of these five sokemen belonged to his antecessor Wigot; every one of them might sell his land. Domesday Book […]
Poker. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal. an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual’s share in a joint business venture. Informal. an individual’s share of the total expenses incurred by a group. Informal. the price or cost of something. Poker. to put […]