# Antecedent vs. Precedent

## Difference Between Antecedent and Precedent

Earlier, either in time or in order.

an event antecedent to the Biblical Floodan antecedent cause

#### Precedentnoun

An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.

Presumptive.

an antecedent improbability

#### Precedentnoun

(legal) A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.

#### Antecedentnoun

Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.

#### Precedentnoun

An established habit or custom.

An ancestor.

#### Precedentnoun

The aforementioned (thing).

#### Antecedentnoun

(grammar) A word, phrase or clause referred to by a pronoun.

#### Precedentnoun

The previous version.

#### Antecedentnoun

(logic) The conditional part of a hypothetical proposition, i.e. $p \rightarrow q$, where $p$ is the antecedent, and $q$ is the consequent.

#### Precedentnoun

(obsolete) A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.

#### Antecedentnoun

(logic) The first of two subsets of a sequent, consisting of all the sequent's formulae which are valuated as true.

Happening or taking place earlier in time; previous or preceding.

#### Antecedentnoun

(math) The first term of a ratio, i.e. the term a in the ratio a:b, the other being the consequent.

Coming before in a particular order or arrangement; preceding, foregoing.

#### Antecedentnoun

Previous principles, conduct, history, etc.

#### Precedentverb

To provide precedents for.

#### Antecedentnoun

someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

#### Precedentverb

To be a precedent for.

#### Antecedentnoun

a preceding occurrence or cause or event

#### Precedentnoun

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time

#### Antecedentnoun

anything that precedes something similar in time;

phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience

#### Precedentnoun

(civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

#### Antecedentnoun

the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

#### Precedentnoun

a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws;

common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States

preceding in time or order

#### Precedentnoun

a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)

preceding in time, order, or significance