late 14c. (n. and adj.), from Old French antecedent (14c.) or directly from Latin antecedentem (nominative antecedens), present participle of antecedere "go before, precede," from ante- "before" (see ante) + cedere "to yield" (see cede). Used as a noun in Latin philosophical writings.
1. It was permissible to take account of antecedent legislation.
2. Those were events antecedent to the revolution.
3. That was antecedent to this event.
4. Physical processes flow inevitably from their antecedent conditions.
5. The word " man " is the antecedent of " who " in " the man who spoke ".