1. an event preceding or occasioning another event - setting the stage for a particular response. 2. In linguistics, the noun or pronoun to whom the phrase refers (for example, train in the sentence: the train was late tonight). 3. In a proposition, this refers to the if part that is then followed by the then part. For example, in the sentence: If John is a man, then he will eventually die, if John is a man is the antecedent. Also known as protasis. See also affirming the antecedent- denying the antecedent.

ANTECEDENT: "The antecedent for his or her crying behavior is the other child snatching his or her toy. "
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ANTECEDENT," in, April 7, 2013, (accessed August 17, 2022).


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