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1 antecedent /ˌæntəˈsiːdənt/ noun
plural antecedents
1 antecedent
/ˌæntəˈsiːdənt/
noun
plural antecedents
Learner's definition of ANTECEDENT
[count] grammar : a word or phrase that is represented by another word (such as a pronoun)
[count] formal : something that came before something else and may have influenced or caused it
antecedents [plural] formal : the people in a family who lived in past times
2 antecedent /ˌæntəˈsiːdənt/ adjective
2 antecedent
/ˌæntəˈsiːdənt/
adjective
Learner's definition of ANTECEDENT
formal
: earlier in time
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