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What does "Antecedent" mean?

Definition

(a.) Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause (a.) Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability (n.) One who precedes or goes in front (n.) That which goes before in time; that which precedes (n.) The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history (n.) The first of the two propositions which constitute an enthymeme or contracted syllogism; as, Every man is mortal; therefore the king must die (n.) 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 (n.) The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move (n.) 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


Synonyms ante, preceding, anterior, ancestor, forerunner, ascendant, anticipatory, prevenient, ascendent, preexistent


Example: "Phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"


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