1. Preceding in time or order (synset 300122675)
  1. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) (synset 109811996)
  2. A preceding occurrence or cause or event (synset 107341480)
  3. Anything that precedes something similar in time (synset 113867120)
    "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
  4. The referent of an anaphor;
    A phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun (synset 106616004)

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