ETYM Latin antecedens, -entis, p. pr. of antecedere: cf. French antécédent.
Preceding in time or order; SYN. preceding.
Before in time; prior; Music, subject of fugue stated in first part; Grammar, previous word, especially one to which pronoun, etc., refers; pl. personal history; ancestry.
ETYM Latin anterior, comp. of ante before.
1. Earlier in time; SYN. prior.
2. (Zoology) Of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body.
Before in time; in front. In biology, the front of an organism, usually the part that goes forward first when the animal is moving. The anterior end of the nervous system, over the course of evolution, has developed into a brain with associated receptor organs able to detect stimuli including light and chemicals.
1. Located at or near the back of an animal; SYN. hind, hinder.
2. Of an earlier date
3. Related to or located at the back
(French) former; ex-.
1. Occurring earlier in time.
2. (Comparative and superlative of 'early') More early than; most early; SYN. earliest.
1. At or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time.
2. Expected in the near future.
3. Being or occurring at an early stage of development.
4. Very young.
5. (Linguistics) Of an early stage in the development of a language or literature.
Of the distant past; SYN. former, other.
(Homonym: for, four).
1. Located anteriorly; SYN. front.
2. (Nautical) Situated at or toward the bow of a vessel.
ETYM A compar. due to Old Eng. formest. Related to Foremost.
1. Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several).
2. (Used especially of persons) Of to the immediate past; SYN. late, previous.
1. Being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
2. At or toward an end or late period or stage of development; SYN. later.
3. Of the immediate past or just previous to the present time; SYN. recent.
4. Having died recently
5. (Linguistics) Of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
ETYM Latin prior former, previous, better, superior; compar. corresponding to primus first, and pro for. Related to Former, Prime, and Pre-, Pro-.
1. Earlier in time or order; previous.
2. Taking precedence (as in importance).
3. Former; antecedent; anterior; previous.
1. Having been formerly; former, late
2. Being so occasionally or in only some respects