• Antecedent Definition & Synonyms

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

Ancestor, Ascendant, Ascendent, Forerunner, Preceding, Root,

• Antecedently Definition & Synonyms

  1. (adv.) Previously; before in time; at a time preceding; as, antecedently to conversion.