Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being anterior or preceding in time or in situation; priority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being anterior or preceding in time or in situation; priority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being anterior, in advance, or in front; the state of being before in time or situation; priority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. preceding in time
  • n. the quality of being in front or (in lower animals) toward the head

Etymologies

From Late Latin anterioritas, corresponding to anterior +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But it is within the nearest proximity that what is to be thought is sheltered—a thought whose vocation is to liberate the tradition, and to connect it to its “essential still reserved anteriority” (sein noch aufgespartes Gewesenes) (ID, 44).

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • "Whatever inscription designates, it conjures sheer anteriority," they suggest; "it does not deliver us to any immediacy of reference, [or] to any historical narrative that presumes to encode such, but to mnemonic programs that appear to precede and legislate these"

    Seeing Is Reading

  • Avempace refers to mechanics and optics as theoretical sciences which are similar to geometry in the anteriority of their problems.

    Ibn Bajja

  • Let's not forget that Spanish has inherited the following from Classical latin: "The rules tha regulates the verb in the regent clause and in the subordinate one in order to express anteriority, posteriority and contemporaneity; usually the subordinate clause go to subjunctive mood, and there are still present the infinitive clauses in spanish also the accusative dative."

    languagehat.com: ITALIAN DIALECTS.

  • "As Billeter argues," he concludes, "there was a unique anteriority of script over speech."

    The Calligraphic Spirit

  • _Punch's_ picture of November, 1854, was put in as evidence before Mr. Justice Wright in April, 1893, when an action between two sartorial artists turned upon the point of anteriority, and the picture won the case.

    The History of "Punch"

  • Time is defined as the measure of movement according to an order of anteriority and posteriority (numerous motus secundum prius et posterius).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • We should here draw a distinction between the two senses of the _a priori_: anteriority and superiority.

    The Mind and the Brain Being the Authorised Translation of L'Âme et le Corps

  • A simple physical mechanism may be _a priori_, in the sense of anteriority.

    The Mind and the Brain Being the Authorised Translation of L'Âme et le Corps

  • The ogive is, perhaps, very ancient; and authors dispute as to the anteriority of the Romanesque to the Gothic.

    Bouvard and Pécuchet A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life

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