Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun antecedent

4 senses of antecedent

Sense 1
ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root -- (someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent))
       => relative, relation -- (a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey")

Sense 2
antecedent -- (a preceding occurrence or cause or event)
       => cause -- (events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash")

Sense 3
antecedent, forerunner -- (anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience")
       => temporal relation -- (a relation involving time)

Sense 4
antecedent -- (the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun)
       => referent -- (something referred to; the object of a reference)

Antonyms of adj antecedent

1 sense of antecedent

Sense 1
antecedent (vs. subsequent) -- (preceding in time or order)

subsequent (vs. antecedent) -- (following in time or order; "subsequent developments")
        => attendant, consequent, accompanying, concomitant, incidental, ensuant, resultant, sequent -- (following or accompanying as a consequence; "an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems"; "snags incidental to the changeover in management"; "attendant circumstances"; "the period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness"; "the ensuant response to his appeal"; "the resultant savings were considerable")
        => later (prenominal), ulterior, posterior -- (coming at a subsequent time or stage; "without ulterior argument"; "the mood posterior to")

Similarity of adj antecedent

1 sense of antecedent

Sense 1
antecedent (vs. subsequent) -- (preceding in time or order)
       => anterior, prior (prenominal) -- (earlier in time)
       => anticipatory, prevenient -- (in anticipation)
       => preexistent, pre-existent, preexisting, pre-existing -- (existing previously or before something; "variations on pre-existent musical themes")
          Also See-> preceding#1

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