the full form of a.m.
1560s, Latin, literally “before noon,” from ante (see ante) + accusative of meridies “midday, noon” (see meridian).
before death: an antemortem confession. antemortem an·te·mor·tem (ān’tē-môr’təm) adj. Before death.
before the creation of the world. adj. “existing or happening before the creation of the world,” 1731; see ante- + mundane.
prenatal: an antenatal clinic. Historical Examples But deep within her the antenatal thing that lay here had a dream. Dreams Olive Schreiner The reminiscence of some antenatal incarnation of his own soul? The Martian George Du Maurier It was as if her folding arms had been his antenatal hiding-place; as if she had brought him […]
of or relating to the Christian church or period before the Nicene Council of a.d. 325. Historical Examples The attitude of the church in the post-Nicene period differs from that in the ante-Nicene in two important respects. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3 Various Protestants can as little bear its ante-Nicene as its […]
a that immediately precedes another: Three is the antenumber of four.