a thing or event that existed before or logically precedes another.
"some antecedents to the African novel might exist in Africa's oral traditions"
synonyms: precursor, forerunner, predecessor
"the guitar's antecedent"
preceding in time or order; previous or preexisting.
"the antecedent events that prompt you to break a diet"
synonyms: previous, earlier, prior, preceding, precursory, former, foregoing; formalanterior