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Antecedent

Definition

[n] the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
[n] a preceding occurrence or cause or event
[n] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent)
[n] anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
[adj] preceding in time or order

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