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antecedent

1. Logic the hypothetical clause, usually introduced by "if", in a conditional statement: that which implies the other
2. Maths an obsolescent name for numerator
3. denying the antecedent Logic the fallacy of inferring the falsehood of the consequent of a conditional statement, given the truth of the conditional and the falsehood of its antecedent, as if there are five of them, there are more than four: there are not five, so there are not more than four

antecedent

[′an·tə‚sēd·ənt]
(mathematics)
The numerator of a ratio.
The first of the two statements in an implication.
For an integer, n, that is greater than 1, the preceding integer, n- 1.
References in classic literature ?
His high character, his profession, his antecedents would all forbid it.
Have the subsequently introduced species consumed the food of the great antecedent races?
The Antecedent Action is that part of the characters' experiences which precedes the events of the story.
Look at the other class of pleasures which have no antecedent pains and you will no longer suppose, as you perhaps may at present, that pleasure is only the cessation of pain, or pain of pleasure.
There are many of them: take as an example the pleasures, of smell, which are very great and have no antecedent pains; they come in a moment, and when they depart leave no pain behind them.
This band of grandees, Hermes, Heraclitus, Empedocles, Plato, Plotinus, Olympiodorus, Proclus, Synesius and the rest, have somewhat so vast in their logic, so primary in their thinking, that it seems antecedent to all the ordinary distinctions of rhetoric and literature, and to be at once poetry and music and dancing and astronomy and mathematics.
In this, therefore, I think we are agreed; but that this honour can be said to be founded on religion, to which it is antecedent, if by religion be meant any positive law--"
I agree," answered Thwackum, with great warmth, "with a man who asserts honour to be antecedent to religion
The antecedent of this pronoun had been mentioned for the last time at eight o'clock.
Children and youth with EBD are for example often particularly adept at learning that under specific conditions, or antecedents, certain behaviors are more or less likely to garner a desired outcome.
Mand responses observed in the present study were evoked, at least in part, by verbal (vocal and/or gestural) antecedents and thus may be more accurately described as impure mands.
Furthermore, with a view to facilitate mobile companies to cope up with the rush at Customers Services Centres/Franchisees and to effectively handle/resolve the complaints pertaining to "SIM Information System - 668", an optional permission to mobile operators is being given to allow online facility to correct the customers' antecedents and get the SIMs registered in their names through the procedure of "Activation of SIMs After Verification 789" by calling the helpline of respective mobile company.