Meaning of antecedent
Pronunciation: (an"tu-sēd'nt), [key]
- preceding; prior: an antecedent event.
- a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.
- Little is known about his birth and antecedents.
- the history, events, characteristics, etc., of one's earlier life:Little is known about his birth and antecedents.
- a word, phrase, or clause, usually a substantive, that is replaced by a pronoun or other substitute later, or occasionally earlier, in the same or in another, usually subsequent, sentence. In Jane lost a glove and she can't find it, Jane is the antecedent of she and glove is the antecedent of it.
- the first term of a ratio; the first or third term of a proportion.
- the first of two vectors in a dyad.
- the conditional element in a proposition, as “Caesar conquered Gaul,” in “If Caesar conquered Gaul, he was a great general.”
- antecedent (Thesaurus)