Definition of antecedent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

antecedent

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌæntɪˈsiːdnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæntɪˈsiːdnt//
 
 
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(formal) previous antecedent events Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French or from Latin antecedent- ‘going before’, from antecedere, from ante ‘before’ + cedere ‘go’.
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