nt) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Going before; preceding.
- One that precedes another.
- A preceding occurrence, cause, or event. See Synonyms at cause.
- antecedents The important events and occurrences in one's early life.
- antecedents One's ancestors.
- Grammar The word, phrase, or clause that determines what a pronoun refers to, as the children in The teacher asked the children where they were going.
- Mathematics The first term of a ratio.
- Logic The conditional member of a hypothetical proposition.