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Preceding in time or order
“Frequently, the antecedent history is a narration of events of salvation; in later texts, it may be a list of exemplary figures or a dogmatic statement about the activity of God with the world.”
A person's ancestors or family and social background
“Nothing was known locally either of his antecedents or of the reasons which had prompted him to come to this Lancashire hamlet.”
Someone or something responsible for a result
“… what are the antecedents of the American Revolutionary War?”
A thing that existed before or logically precedes another
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