from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preceding; coming before.


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  • I could not resist so facile and moderate demand: so scribbled out another, omitting sundry things, such as the witch story, about half the forest scene (which is too leisurely for _story_), and transposing that damn'd soliloquy about England getting drunk, which like its reciter stupidly stood alone nothing prevenient, or antevenient, and cleared away a good deal besides ...

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 4 Poems and Plays


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  • JM enjoys identifying the antevenient cause after the fact.

    November 26, 2009

  • adj. - preceding.

    May 16, 2008