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antecedent (s) (noun), antecedents (pl)
1. Something that happens or exists before something else.
2. A word or phrase that a subsequent word refers to; such as, "Joe" is the antecedent of "him" as in the sentence: "We will give this to Joe if we see him."
3. Someone's ancestors.
4. A personal history of someone; such as, the events or circumstances in a person's past: "She has done very well for herself, considering what is known about her antecedents."
This entry is located in the following units: ante-, ant- (page 2) -cede, -ceed, -cess, -cease (page 2)