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antecedent

adjective antecedens, anterior, first, fore, foregoing, forerunning, former, going beeore in time, inaugural, introductory, precedent, precursive, precursory, pre-existent, prefatory, preliminary, prelusive, preparatory, prevenient, prior
Associated concepts: antecedent creditors, antecedent debt, preexisting debts, preexisting liabilities

antecedent

noun ancestor, ancestry, before mennioned, derivation, forerunner, former, last, lineage, original, patriarch, pedigree, pioneer, precedent, precursor, preliminary, premise, primogenitor, progenitor, stock
See also: aforesaid, ascendant, before mentioned, derivation, forerunner, former, initial, last, original, preceding, precursory, predecessor, previous, primogenitor, prior, progenitor, sine qua non

ANTECEDENT. Something that goes before. In the construction of laws, agreements, and the like, reference is always to be made to the last antecedent; ad proximun antecedens fiat relatio. But not only the antecedents but the subsequent clauses of the instrument must be considered: Ex antecedentibus et consequentibus fit optima interpretatio.

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However, challenges to this view suggest that further investigation of the role of antecedent variables is warranted (Egan & Barnes-Holmes, 2009; Partington et al., 1994; Sundberg et al., 2000; Wallace et al., 2006).
However, I propose that along with the antecedents of debriefing offered in the article (story, physiological processes and mechanisms, and learning objectives), psychological safety should be included.
Huang (2000) points out that the main idea upon which it is based, namely that null objects of complement clauses in languages lacking verb object agreement cannot have a matrix clause subject as an antecedent, is not always the case.
In a logistic regression model among just the patients with an antecedent diabetes diagnosis, the odds of a gap between that diagnosis and the pancreatic cancer diagnosis being greater than 24 months were higher for nonwhite versus white patients, and for patients aged 75-84 years or aged 85 years or older, compared with those aged 65-74 years.
In a logistic regression model among just the patients with an antecedent diabetes diagnosis, the odds of the gap between that diagnosis and the pancreatic cancer diagnosis being greater than 24 months were higher for nonwhite versus white patients; for patients aged 75-84 years or aged 85 years or older, compared with those aged 65-74 years; and for patients in the Midwest vesus the Northeast.
Further research should examine the possibility that the contextual antecedents to menopausal symptoms, and adjustment to these symptoms, are different from the antecedents to broader physical and mental health, where multiple roles appear to serve a protective function.
First, the statistics used in prior investigations have limited utility in accurately assessing the importance of a single antecedent (e.g., job stressors) among a number of other theoretically important antecedents (e.g., personality, family support, etc.).
This illness is usually followed by antecedent infection which activates immune response that produces some antibodies that target the myelin or axons of peripheral nerves ultimately leading to neuropathy.
In structured recording, the data collector selects antecedent and consequent events from a checklist following each instance of the behavior.
He pointed out to the court that the sole evidence relied on by both the trial court and HC to demonstrate criminal antecedent was the robbery of a carpenter the convicts had committed for which they have been sentenced to ten years.
Although general antecedents to falls in hospitalized patients have been reported (Oliver et al., 2010), their relevance in the context of emergent falls prevention technologies (e.g., video monitoring [VM]) is not well understood.
Antecedents of moonlighting were measured by a self-developed questionnaire with the help of related literature.