Meaning of antecedent

Definition of antecedent

(adj) preceding in time or order
(noun) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

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