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  1. [noun] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    Synonyms: ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, root

  2. [noun] a preceding occurrence or cause or event

  3. [noun] anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
    Synonyms: forerunner

  4. [noun] the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

  5. [adjective] preceding in time or order
    Synonyms: preceding


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