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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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These principles, I have argued, understood in this way are basically congruent with antecedently cherished notions of liberty.
Aside from that, intelligent design requires that consciousness exist independently of and antecedently to existence; then consciousness creates and governs existence--a logical impossibility.
In view of his special responsibility for the unity of the whole Church in the faith of the apostles, it is antecedently credible that in him the infallibility of the whole Church may come to expression.
If he did antecedently want to do it, there would be no need for coercion: A could just ask, and B would cheerfully supply
Traditionally, genuine freedom of action meant the possibility of an antecedently uncaused action, entirely dependent upon an agent's choice.
That at a certain period liberty should have been set up as something antecedently sacred per se is natural enough.
The former regulates antecedently or independently existing forms of behaviour.
He should be commended for taking seriously just how dependent the case for postmortem survival is on antecedently held beliefs about the nature of consciousness.
Therefore, the FFD muscles with lower taurine content might be antecedently influenced by exercise, and profit from the taurine supplementation.
It is similar to the original charge made against the Causal Theory: that by positing multiple, logically independent determinants of intentional action, the possibility is necessarily left open that the external feature(s) will deviate from what is intended in a way that fails to support the structure we antecedently take to be there.
In light of that historical reality, Goldsmith suggests that, although ID advocates, like Darwin, would like to expand scientific methodology, no one has independently and antecedently proposed their methodology.
What the two conventional views part over, and what Webber and I part over, is the standard for abridging an antecedently defined right, as the conventional views would have it, or, as Webber and I would put it, for defining the content of the right itself.