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What is the opposite of following?

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Adjective
Opposite of subsequent in time or order
“In previous years, the winters had not been as cold.”
Adjective
Opposite of behind or trailing in order
“The checkout person had to call out to the leading person in the queue who was not paying attention.”
Adjective
Opposite of about to be mentioned
“He started talking about it and within five seconds had given away the aforementioned spoiler.”
Adjective
Opposite of following as a result or effect
Adjective
Opposite of following, in succession, without interruption
“The course can be done in either eight consecutive or nonconsecutive weeks, up to the student's discretion.”
Adjective
Opposite of capable of being deduced
Adjective
Opposite of after death
Adjective
Opposite of in conformance to, or in agreement with
Noun
Opposite of a body of supporters or admirers
“The demonstration ended peacefully, with protesters dispersing of their own accord.”
Noun
Opposite of a retinue of attendants, associates or followers
Noun
Opposite of a group of people, particularly writers, artists, or philosophers, sharing similar ideas or methods
“Our goal is for the patient to perform the conditioning activity at a level that is similar to that of a normal individual of the same age.”
Noun
Opposite of the people who watch or listen to a given media channel
“The political commentator regularly draws the ire of critics around the country with his frequent condescension of the Royal family.”
Noun
Opposite of a group of people following a unique or specific set of beliefs or practices
Noun
Opposite of the observing of, or adhering to, a rule, law or custom
Noun
Opposite of the action or fact of adopting or being adopted
Noun
Opposite of the people who frequent an establishment or purchase a service, collectively
Noun
Opposite of the action of physically pursuing or chasing someone or something
Noun
Opposite of imitation
Noun
Opposite of an organization of people that supports a particular person or body of work
Noun
Opposite of engagement in an activity or course of action
Noun
Opposite of the regular clientele attracted by a business
Noun
Opposite of the carrying out or exercise of a profession, especially that of a doctor or lawyer
“More than a few antique dealers start out as indefatigable collectors who make the decision to turn their avocation into a vocation.”
Preposition
Opposite of subsequent to in time
Before proceeding, you need to read the precautionary measures.”
Preposition
Opposite of subsequent to in order
“The man who stood before me was a hulk of a human being.”
Preposition
Opposite of in pursuit of
“The suspect ran away from the police to avoid being arrested.”
Preposition
Opposite of as a result of
“At least in Jesse's eyes, Walt would be the guy who made him better, despite their differences.”
Preposition
Opposite of between now and a previous time
“They vowed to stay friends from now until old-age.”
Preposition
Opposite of in conformity with
“We baked this cake disregarding the recipe.”
Verb
Opposite of comprehending what someone is saying
“Because he was speaking incoherently, everyone was misconstruing what he was saying.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to move behind in the same direction
“We know where the bar is so we can lead you to it.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to pursue in order to keep track of, or to apprehend, someone
“The cops would give up the chase in the interest of public safety.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to stealthily trail or watch
“The detective would eventually lose track of the suspect because of all the commotion around him.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to physically go along with
“My pet dog was strange in that he preferred to stay indoors and would always avoid me whenever I wanted to go for a walk outside.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to act according to specified rules
“If you break the company's code of conduct, you will then be at risk of having your employment terminated.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to carry out a set of instructions
“I would disregard the directions on the back of the box as I felt they were unnecessarily verbose.”
Verb
(follow from) Opposite of present participle for to occur as a consequence
“The president's decision to raise fuel taxes would cause a revolt.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to take as a model for emulation
“B.B. King's bluesy guitar style would heavily contrast with Steve Vai's rock and metal technique.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to make one's way via a given path or trail
“Do not veer off the path, or you could end up getting lost!”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to succeed one's predecessor in a given position or role
“He would precede his son as head of the family business prior to his retirement.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to take an active interest in or be a supporter of
“When I was younger, I would dislike basketball, but I love it now.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to keep informed of
“He was a bad accountant, and he would always be uninformed of the latest financial laws.”
Adverb
Opposite of later or following in time
“He had an operation, but during the days prior, he had felt really sick.”
Adverb
(what with, idiomatic) Opposite of as a consequence of
Despite its weakening army and dwindling resources, the country still refuses to capitulate.”
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