Antecedent (law)


An antecedent is a preceding event, condition, cause, phrase, or word.

  • Antecedent moisture is a hydrologic term describing the relative wetness condition of a sewershed.
  • In logic, an antecedent is the first half of a hypothetical proposition.
  • In grammar, an antecedent is the word to which a pronoun refers.
  • A musical phrase (music) may be an antecedent or consequent phrase.
  • In criminal cases, antecedents are the life history and previous convictions of a defendant.
  • In behavioral research, an antecedent stimulus elicits a learned response from an organism.
  • In drama and literature, the antecedent action is what occurs prior to the opening of a play or story.

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