- [noun] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
Synonyms: ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, root
- [noun] a preceding occurrence or cause or event
- [noun] anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
- [noun] the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
- [adjective] preceding in time or order