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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.
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As touching the right of propriety that any Man in (c) the state of Nature and antecedently to any Contract or Consent touching (d) translation or acquisition of particular property, the Question seems more difficult; because most of the methods of acqusition of property seems (e) to be by institution tho (f) /fol.
In Rachel's case, the further action that she antecedently ought to do is to write about what she is thinking about.
Moreover, our antecedently established modes of expression are inadequate to convey the force or delineate the texture of especially our more arresting and disruptive experiences, the ones most insistently driving toward expression.
Ferrara explains: "The 'my' of 'This is my body' is antecedently included in the 'he' of 'he said'" (208).
1) The indeterminacy of written nomos refers to Aristotle's thought that the antecedently specified abstract rules that constitute the written laws are never sufficient to issue forth in a determinate injunction in the face of particular circumstances.
28) Since they are "not required to apply, nor are they bound by, any antecedently given principles of right and justice," their suitably constrained prudential choice will itself define the appropriate principles of justice,(29) i.
It constitutes a particular perspective that antecedently determines the sort of reality that can be acknowledged.
Concern is spontaneous; it does not necessarily arise from thematized objects with which one antecedently chooses to become concerned.
On this way of looking at things, the public good is then defined, for this confederation, as the ensemble of institutions and means that provides for the flourishing of the antecedently existing associations.
There is, furthermore, good reason to think that things change not only in relatively superficial ways (you come to be a good violinist), but in very deep ways, ways so deep that the change results in a new entity coming into existence from antecedently given materials (you come to be, period).
14) The "first real ground of possibility" is characterized in terms which indicate that it is the antecedently determining ground of the possibility of all other things.
This is not a very persuasive reason, unless, like Kant, one is antecedently convinced of the transcendental objectivity of the principle of the parsimony of forces.