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antecedent
Part of Speech: Noun
Results: 9
1. Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause.
2. Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.
Part of Speech: noun
1. That which goes before in time; that which precedes.
2. One who precedes or goes in front.
3. The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history.
4. The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move.
5. The first of the two propositions which constitute an enthymeme or contracted syllogism; as, Every man is mortal; therefore the king must die.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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