a variable that precedes another variable or consequence in a temporal sense. Although the consequence may not be related, both occur in a small space of time - with the antecedent variable occurring first. For example, the ball hit the window and the old man had a heart attack. In this sense, the ball hitting the window came before the heart attack but did not cause it.

ANTECEDENT VARIABLE: "An antecedent variable occurs prior to a response variable , but may not cause the response. "
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