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# Antecedent vs. Predecessor

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Earlier, either in time or in order.

‘an event antecedent to the Biblical Flood’; ‘an antecedent cause’;

Predecessornoun

One who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.

Presumptive.

‘an antecedent improbability’;

Predecessornoun

A model or type of machinery or device which precedes the current one. Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.

‘The steam engine was the predecessor of diesel and electric locomotives.’;

Antecedentnoun

Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.

Predecessornoun

(mathematics) A vertex having a directed path to another vertex

Antecedentnoun

An ancestor.

Predecessornoun

One who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.

‘A prince who was as watchful as his predecessor had been over the interests of the state.’;

Antecedentnoun

(grammar) A word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun.

Predecessornoun

one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)

Antecedentnoun

(logic) The conditional part of a hypothetical proposition, i.e. $p \rightarrow q$, where $p$ is the antecedent, and $q$ is the consequent.

Antecedentnoun

(logic) The first of two subsets of a sequent, consisting of all the sequent's formulae which are valuated as true.

Antecedentnoun

(math) The first term of a ratio, i.e. the term a in the ratio a:b, the other being the consequent.

Antecedentnoun

Previous principles, conduct, history, etc.

Going before in time; prior; anterior; preceding; as, an event antecedent to the Deluge; an antecedent cause.

Presumptive; as, an antecedent improbability.

Antecedentnoun

That which goes before in time; that which precedes.

‘The Homeric mythology, as well as the Homeric language, has surely its antecedents.’;

Antecedentnoun

One who precedes or goes in front.

‘My antecedent, or my gentleman usher.’;

Antecedentnoun

The earlier events of one's life; previous principles, conduct, course, history.

‘If the troops . . . prove worthy of their antecedents, the victory is surely ours.’;

Antecedentnoun

The noun to which a relative refers; as, in the sentence "Solomon was the prince who built the temple," prince is the antecedent of who.

Antecedentnoun

The first or conditional part of a hypothetical proposition; as, If the earth is fixed, the sun must move.

Antecedentnoun

The first of the two terms of a ratio; the first or third of the four terms of a proportion. In the ratio a:b, a is the antecedent, and b the consequent.

Antecedentnoun

someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Antecedentnoun

a preceding occurrence or cause or event

Antecedentnoun

anything that precedes something similar in time;

‘phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience’;

Antecedentnoun

the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

preceding in time or order

Antecedentnoun

a thing that existed before or logically precedes another

‘some antecedents to the African novel might exist in Africa's oral traditions’;

Antecedentnoun

a person's ancestors or family and social background

‘her early life and antecedents have been traced’;

Antecedentnoun

an earlier word, phrase, or clause to which another word (especially a following relative pronoun) refers back.

Antecedentnoun

the statement contained in the ‘if’ clause of a conditional proposition.

preceding in time or order; previous or pre-existing

‘antecedent events’;