V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) something that came before something else; (adj.) preceding in time or order

Synonyms: (n.) precursor, forerunner, forebear, ancestor, (adj.) preceding, foregoing

Antonyms: (n.) descendant, (adj.) subsequent, following

Tips: Antecedent is derived from the Latin antecedere, "to go before." Antecedent is related to the word descendant. Ante, "before," refers to something that takes place prior or before, while descendant refers to that which follows something else.

Usage Examples:

Knowledge of their Historical antecedents may contribute to our understanding of current conditions. (precursors, forerunners)

After studying several history books, I have discovered that my antecedents were part of the European nobility. (ancestors)

Alcohol was an antecedent to her later experimentation with drugs. (precursor, forerunner)

Pagers were the antecedents of cell phones. (precursors)

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