ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root(noun)
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
a preceding occurrence or cause or event
anything that precedes something similar in time
"phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
preceding in time or order
Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.
A word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun.
Origin: From antecedent (French antécédent), from antecedens, from antecedere.
going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause
presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability
that which goes before in time; that which precedes
one who precedes or goes in front
the earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history
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
the first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move
the first of the two propositions which constitute an enthymeme or contracted syllogism; as, Every man is mortal; therefore the king must die
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
Origin: [Cf. F. antcdent.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an-te-sēd′ent, adj. going before in time: prior.—n. that which precedes in time: (gram.) the noun or pronoun to which a relative pronoun refers: (logic) a statement or proposition from which another is logically deduced: (math.) the antecedent of a ratio is the first of two terms which compose the ratio—the first and third in a series of four proportionals: (pl.) previous principles, conduct, history, &c.—n. Anteced′ence.—adv. Anteced′ently. [L. antecedent-em; ante, before, cedĕre, cessum, to go.]
The numerical value of antecedent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of antecedent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The republic, as I at least understand it, means association, of which liberty is only an element, a necessary antecedent. It means association, a new philosophy of life, a divine Ideal that shall move the world, the only means of regeneration vouchsafed to the human race.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- предишен, предшественик, предшестващBulgarian
- antecedentCatalan, Valencian
- vorausgehend, früher, BezugswortGerman
- antécédent, ascendantFrench
- korábbi, előbbi, ős, megelőzőHungarian
- undanfari, forliðurIcelandic
- antecedente, progenitore, antenatoItalian
- vroeger, antecedent, voorafgaande, voorouder, voorafgaandDutch
- antecedente, antepassado, ancestralPortuguese
- предыдущий, предшествующийRussian
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