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An antecedent is a preceding event, condition, cause, phrase, or word. More specifically, it may refer to:
- Antecedent (behavioral psychology), the stimulus that occurs before a trained behavior
- Antecedent (genealogy), antonym of descendant, genealogical predecessor in family line
- Antecedent (grammar), the noun phrase to which an anaphor refers
- Antecedent (law), in crime, the history of a person
- Antecedent (logic), the first half of a hypothetical proposition
- Antecedent moisture, a hydrologic term describing the relative wetness condition of a catchment
- A musical phrase (music) may be an antecedent or consequent phrase.
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