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See: Rule Antecedent, Anaphor.


  • WordNet.
    • ancestor: someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    • a preceding occurrence or cause or event
    • anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
    • the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
    • preceding in time or order
    • In grammar, an antecedent is generally the noun or noun phrase to which an anaphor refers in a coreference. However, an antecedent can also be a clause, especially when the anaphor is a demonstrative. ...
    • An antecedent is the first half of a hypothetical proposition.
    • any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing; one's ancestors; a word, phrase or clause referred to by a ...
    • antecedent Calculi: The antecedents (also called ↗premises) of a rule of a calculus are those formulas that must already have been derived for the rule to be applicable. In standard notation, they are written above the bar in inference rule schemata.
  • CYC Glossary
    • antecedent: The antecedent of a rule is its left-hand side, that is, the first argument to the #$implies connective with which the rule begins. Intuitively, every rule states that if the antecedent is true, then the consequent must be true.