ANTECEDENT in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of ANTECEDENT
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  someone from whom you are descended, but usually more remote than a grandparent
 n.  a word or phrase that a pronoun refers back to
Classic Sentence:
1  His instinct was to regard her as a conspirator against rather than as an antecedent obstacle to Thomasin's happiness.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: 9 Love Leads a Shrewd Man into Strategy
2  Mothers found strange men calling on their daughters, men who came without letters of introduction and whose antecedents were unknown.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XII
3  They were gay, wealthy people, very much like Rhett's New Orleans friends, elegant of dress, free with their money, vague as to their antecedents.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLIX
4  The first difficulty which we had to contend with was the finding of this American's antecedents.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
5  Those are the antecedents, and the culmination.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER IV
6  He told me all this very much later, but I've put it down here with the idea of exploding those first wild rumors about his antecedents, which weren't even faintly true.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 6
Example Sentence:
1  That was antecedent to this event.
2  Smuggled out of Germany and adopted by a Christian family, she knew nothing of her birth and antecedents until she was reunited with her family in 1989.
3  Charles Babbage's mechanical calculating engines were the antecedents of the modern computer.
4  The invention of the radiotelegraph should antecede the development of television by a quarter of a century.