Antecedent

Definition of Antecedent

An`te`ced´ent
a.1.Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause.
2.Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.
n.1.That which goes before in time; that which precedes.
The Homeric mythology, as well as the Homeric language, has surely its antecedents.
- Max Miller.
2.One who precedes or goes in front.
My antecedent, or my gentleman usher.
- Massinger.
3.The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history.
If the troops . . . prove worthy of their antecedents, the victory is surely ours.
- Gen. G. McClellan.
4.(Gram.) 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.
5.(Logic) The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move.
6.(Math.) 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.

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