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noun 
  1. any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing
  2. (in plural) one's ancestors
  3. (grammar) a word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun
In "The policeman asked the boy what he was doing" the phrase "the boy" is the of the pronoun "he".
  1. (logic) The conditional part of a hypothetical proposition
Translations: 
  • French: antécédent
    (trans-mid)
  • Dutch: antecedent
  • German: Bezugswort
    (trans-mid)
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, conditional part of a hypothetical proposition)
adjective 
  1. earlier either in time or order
Translations: 
  • German: frí¼her, vorausgehend

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