from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Precedence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of preceding in time or order.
  • n. An apparent motion of a planet toward the west; retrogradation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or state of going before in time; precedence.
  • n. An apparent motion of a planet toward the west; retrogradation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of going before, or state of being before, in time, place, rank, or logical order; precedence.
  • n. In astronomy, an apparent motion of a planet from east to west, or contrary to the order of the signs of the zodiac.

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

  • n. preceding in time


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  • "[W] hereas there is no other felicity of beasts but the enjoying of their quotidian food, ease, and lusts, as having little or no foresight ... man observes how one event has been produced by another, and remembers in them antecedence and consequence," declared Hobbes.

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  • What land have you been living, this level of sentence is typical bordering on severe these days and i have seen much worse lenient sentencing for the most fatuous of reasons for much more serious crimes with greater antecedence.


  • Got this off Bookmooch, after reading purple_pen's review (in which she explores its literary antecedence of Doctor Who), and greatly enjoyed it.

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  • The Manual of Reason states that an antecedent is irrelevant if its antecedence is only established along with some other entity.

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  • Ford, while developing their vehicles, had kept in apperception and had fabricated it their top antecedence to accord their assemblage the amount for their hard-earned money, while never compromising the affection of the cartage that they produce.

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  • Ereignis, as equality and reciprocity of the two sides of the double relation, contradicts the absolute preponderance and antecedence of being over man.

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  • But this does not apply when vor- has a temporal force, whether of anticipation, e.g. vorweg, 'ahead', or of antecedence, e.g. vorgängig, 'previously'.

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  • The fifth chapter is about the word si, which is said to signify causality in or via antecedence.

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  • So, as the late president returns to Washington, it's a different place, but in many ways, it has antecedence during his years in the White House as the world began to change.

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  • And I just think that had it not been for his antecedence way back there in California, maybe this wouldn't have happened.

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