One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Come before (something) in time, order, or position; precede.‘investigative reporting long antecedes the invention of miniature cameras’
- ‘He has been the Press Director of the Atlantic Club in Sofia anteceding a career in the American-owned Radio Free Europe.’
- ‘The origin and genomic dispersion of several microsatellites might have anteceded species diversification.’
- ‘The advent of a state company charged with mitigating energy scarcities anteceded by a price freeze testifies to the validity of Ludwig von Mises's insight that one government intervention necessitates another.’
- ‘These works generally narrate events of the century 930–1030, and thus antecede the composition of the sagas by at least 200 years.’
- ‘Students from area schools visit the canoes to learn about sailing and navigation, and about the ancient values that anteceded those skills.’
- ‘A replacement of the airline's management on November 16 anteceded the expected announcement of the privatisation strategy.’
- ‘And, of course, questions of sense antecede questions of empirical truth - for if something makes no sense, it can be neither true nor false.’
- ‘Our finding that behavioral disturbance anteceded the development of wheeze and was not a secondary psychological reaction to disease is consistent with another recently published prospective study of a high-risk population.’
Late Middle English: from Latin antecedere, from ante ‘before’ + cedere ‘go’.
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