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  1. an·te·ced·ent
    IPA[ˌan(t)əˈsēdnt]
  2. noun

    adjective

    • 1. preceding in time or order; previous or preexisting:

      the antecedent events that prompt you to break a diet
    • 2. denoting a grammatical antecedent.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: antecedent, plural noun: antecedents

    • noun

      a thing that existed before or logically precedes another:

      a person's ancestors or family and social background:

    • adjective

      preceding in time or order; previous or pre-existing:

      denoting or counting as an antecedent.

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