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Definition of "antecedent" []

  • Going before; preceding. (adjective)
  • One that precedes another. (noun)
  • A preceding occurrence, cause, or event. See Synonyms at cause. (noun)
  • The important events and occurrences in one's early life. (noun)
  • One's ancestors. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "antecedent" in a sentence
  • "-- From what words is the term antecedent derived?"
  • "LL has some great examples of singular they even when the gender of the antecedent is not in doubt, and MWDCEU has one where the antecedent is any young lady!"
  • "Howard's most obvious antecedent is my older brother Hank, who was profoundly autistic throughout his life."