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ANTECEDENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antecedent mean? 

ANTECEDENT (noun)
  The noun ANTECEDENT has 4 senses:

1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
2. a preceding occurrence or cause or event
3. anything that precedes something similar in time
4. the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

  Familiarity information: ANTECEDENT used as a noun is uncommon.


ANTECEDENT (adjective)
  The adjective ANTECEDENT has 1 sense:

1. preceding in time or order

  Familiarity information: ANTECEDENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTECEDENT (noun)


Sense 1antecedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

ancestor; antecedent; ascendent; ascendant; root

Hypernyms ("antecedent" is a kind of...):

relation; relative (a person related by blood or marriage)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antecedent"):

ancestress (a woman ancestor)

forbear; forebear (a person from whom you are descended)

father; forefather; sire (the founder of a family)

foremother (a woman ancestor)

primogenitor; progenitor (an ancestor in the direct line)


Sense 2antecedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A preceding occurrence or cause or event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("antecedent" is a kind of...):

cause (events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something)


Sense 3antecedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything that precedes something similar in time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

forerunner; antecedent

Context example:

phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience

Hypernyms ("antecedent" is a kind of...):

temporal relation (a relation involving time)


Sense 4antecedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("antecedent" is a kind of...):

referent (something referred to; the object of a reference)


ANTECEDENT (adjective)


Sense 1antecedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Preceding in time or order

Synonyms:

antecedent; preceding

Similar:

anterior; prior (earlier in time)

anticipatory; prevenient (in anticipation)

pre-existent; pre-existing; preexistent; preexisting (existing previously or before something)

Also:

preceding (existing or coming before)

Antonym:

subsequent (following in time or order)


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