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ANTEDATE. To, put a date to an instrument of a time before the time it was written. Vide Date.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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For these, however, Nexis will often antedate the evidence of even the richest traditional citation files: OUP's extensive Nexis searching testifies to this fact.
A real "Anglicanism" may well antedate the Restoration, and the exclusive, anti-comprehensive Restoration church used as a model for "Anglicanism" may itself be a reflection of those momentarily ascendant, and thus a caricature of the whole, much as "Laudianism" misrepresents the full picture of the national church in the 1630s.
1 above) finds an instance of nun used thus in The Alchemist (1610), which antedate's OED's first record of this sense by 160 years.
Due to their anonymity, the Laws antedate notions of early-modern authority outlined by Michel Foucault in his well-known essay: like the pre-modern texts Foucault classifies as authoritative, the Laws' nameless scribe and their venerated wisdom insure a "demonstrated truth" founded on public opinion.
The Regulae or Rules presumably antedate the precise formulation of these arguments; they show, nonetheless, that he had already worked out some of their elements.
These stories openly yearn for the country that antedates its Civil War.
While the ceremonial or ritual origin of the rounds in Cornwall probably antedates the performance of drama in them, their use for drama was important for a substantial period.
ANTEDATES GUAYABERA ANTEDATED The longest palindrome that occurs in any square or rectangle is 7 letters long.
Scott makes a case for saying that the Meno antedates the Gorgias; in this way he can disarm the apparent conflict between the admiration Socrates shows for Themistocles and Pericles in the Meno--they may not have been able to teach virtue to their sons, but it is conceded that they had true beliefs and thus had virtue in an attenuated way--and his condemnation of them in the Gorgias, by claiming that the latter rests on a 'deeper' analysis of political virtue than was available to him in the Meno.
(7) This antedates by 125 years the earliest example of the verb 'revive' in the theatrical sense recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary, which does however give an instance of the noun 'revival' from 1664.
This finding "clearly support[s] the conclusion that subtle neurologic dysfunction in PTSD does not reflect brain damage acquired along with the PTSD but instead represents a familial vulnerability factor, which likely antedates the traumatic exposure," the investigators said.
The Ballets Russes antedates this philosophy, and its dancers are full of broad expression and seething passion.