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Antecedent meaning

antecedent - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  2. 2. Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause.
  3. 3. Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.
  4. 4. That which goes before in time; that which precedes.
  5. 5. One who precedes or goes in front.
  6. 6. The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history.
  7. 7. The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move.
  8. 8. The first of the two propositions which constitute an enthymeme or contracted syllogism; as, Every man is mortal; therefore the king must die.
  9. 9. The first of the two terms of a ratio; the first or third of the four terms of a proportion. In the ratio a: b, a is the antecedent, and b the consequent.
  10. 10. The noun to which a relative refers; as, in the sentence Solomon was the prince who built the temple, prince is the antecedent of who.
  11. 11. Going before in time.
  12. 12. That which goes before; previous event; noun to which the relative refers.

antecedent - examples of usage

  1. Two years previously, writing of the Charles- Darwinian scheme of evolution, Mr. Allen had implied it as his opinion " that all brains are what they are in virtue of antecedent function." - "Luck or Cunning?", Samuel Butler.
  2. All life proceeds from antecedent life. - "The Law and the Word", Thomas Troward.
  3. A thing called " it" without an antecedent, got materialised, and did duty for something more intelligible. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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