Definitions for antecedentˌæn təˈsid nt

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  1. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root(noun)

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

  2. antecedent(noun)

    a preceding occurrence or cause or event

  3. antecedent, forerunner(noun)

    anything that precedes something similar in time

    "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"

  4. antecedent(adj)

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

  5. antecedent(adj)

    preceding in time or order

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  1. antecedent(Noun)

    Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.

  2. antecedent(Noun)

    An ancestor.

  3. antecedent(Noun)

    A word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun.

  4. Origin: From antecedent (French antécédent), from antecedens, from antecedere.

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  1. Antecedent(adj)

    going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause

  2. Antecedent(adj)

    presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability

  3. Antecedent(noun)

    that which goes before in time; that which precedes

  4. Antecedent(noun)

    one who precedes or goes in front

  5. Antecedent(noun)

    the earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history

  6. Antecedent(noun)

    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

  7. Antecedent(noun)

    the first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move

  8. Antecedent(noun)

    the first of the two propositions which constitute an enthymeme or contracted syllogism; as, Every man is mortal; therefore the king must die

  9. Antecedent(noun)

    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. Origin: [Cf. F. antcdent.]

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  1. Antecedent

    An antecedent is the first half of a hypothetical proposition. Examples: ⁕If P, then Q. This is a nonlogical formulation of a hypothetical proposition. In this case, the antecedent is P, and the consequent is Q. In an implication, if implies then is called the antecedent and is called the consequent. ⁕If X is a man, then X is mortal. "X is a man" is the antecedent for this proposition. ⁕If men have walked on the moon, then I am the king of France. Here, "men have walked on the moon" is the antecedent.


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