Definition of ante rem in English:

ante rem

adjective

Philosophy
  • Prior to the existence of, or logically preceding, something else; specifically (of a universal) prior to the particular. Later also: of, relating to, or designating a philosophical theory which holds that the universal is logically prior to, and capable of existing independently of, the particular. Also as adverb Compare post rem, in re.

    See also post rem

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John William Donaldson (1811–1861), philologist. From post-classical Latin ante rem before the thing from classical Latin ante before + rem, accusative of rēs.

Pronunciation

ante rem

/ˌanteɪ ˈrɛm//ˌanti ˈrɛm/