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He tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and is out for the rest of the season.
  the front part; or font of the body, or earlier in time
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anterior anteriorly anteriority
Strongly Associated with:   posterior
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  • He tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and is out for the rest of the season.
  • Caffeine triggers the release of dopamine, mostly in the frontal areas of the brain and the anterior cingular cortex.
  • The history of this branch of the English Constitution, anterior to the date of Magna Charta, is too obscure to yield instruction.
    Madison, James  --  Federalist Papers Authored by James Madison
  • Damascus dates back anterior to the days of Abraham, and is the oldest city in the world.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad

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  • Intellect is the simple power anterior to all action or construction.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • A middle-aged executive, whom Idris last saw three years before, comes in with an evolving anterior myocardial infarction.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Dead center of each pyramid, embedded in their anterior facades, were gold medallions …. medallions like few Langdon had ever seen …. perfect ellipses.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Mutilated, dismembered, tortured bodies, ripped into grotesque shreds… I had clearly seen the vestigial feelers still attached to the truncated anterior section of a child.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • This, be it said, is of course from the restricted point of view of the terrestrial life which is apparent, and without prejudging the profound question of the anterior or ulterior personality of the beings which are not man.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Nay, further, have you never endeavored to recall the time, place, and circumstances of your former intercourse, and failing in this attempt, have almost believed that your spirits must have held converse with each other in some state of being anterior to the present, and that you are only now occupied in a reminiscence of the past?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • That we are not able to say; but at all events, we have seen, by the anterior developments of this story, that Buckingham had the advantage over him, and in two or three circumstances, particularly that of the diamond studs, had, thanks to the devotedness of the three Musketeers and the courage and conduct of d’Artagnan, cruelly mystified him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And again the archdeacon had protested, objecting that the ordinance of the legate, which dated back to 1207, was anterior by a hundred and twenty-seven years to the Black Book, and consequently was abrogated in fact by it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It is the source of subjects and objects and exists in an anterior relationship to them.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The flood of memories brought back by this revival of an incident anterior to her troubles produced a momentary dismay lest, recognizing her also, he should by some means discover her story.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • For nature (as the physicians allege) having intended the superior anterior orifice only for the intromission of solids and liquids, and the inferior posterior for ejection, these artists ingeniously considering that in all diseases nature is forced out of her seat, therefore, to replace her in it, the body must be treated in a manner directly contrary, by interchanging the use of each orifice; forcing solids and liquids in at the anus, and making evacuations at the mouth.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Now, as it was an equinus, it was necessary to cut the tendon of Achilles, and, if need were, the anterior tibial muscle could be seen to afterwards for getting rid of the varus; for the doctor did not dare to risk both operations at once; he was even trembling already for fear of injuring some important region that he did not know.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • …at the ubiquity in eastern and western terrestrial hemispheres, in all habitable lands and islands explored or unexplored (the land of the midnight sun, the islands of the blessed, the isles of Greece, the land of promise), of adipose anterior and posterior female hemispheres, redolent of milk and honey and of excretory sanguine and seminal warmth, reminiscent of secular families of curves of amplitude, insusceptible of moods of impression or of contrarieties of expression,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Now to invent something touching the more private career of Claggart, something involving Billy Budd, of which something the latter should be wholly ignorant, some romantic incident implying that Claggart’s knowledge of the young blue-jacket began at some period anterior to catching sight of him on board the seventy-four-all this, not so difficult to do, might avail in a way more or less interesting to account for whatever of enigma may appear to lurk in the case.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • …the beauty also of those pages of Bergotte which I was glad to associate with the idea of my love for Gilberte, as if, in the moments when my love seemed no longer to have any existence, they gave it a kind of consistency, were, I perceived, anterior to that love, which they in no way resembled; their elements had been determined by the writer’s talent, or by geological laws, before ever Gilberte had known me, nothing in book or stone would have been different if Gilberte had not loved…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • At present, a large part of the vacant Western territory is, by cession at least, if not by any anterior right, the common property of the Union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Communities have existed which were aristocratic from their earliest origin, owing to circumstances anterior to that event, and which became more democratic in each succeeding age.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The anterior of the skull is quite thick and the skull itself sufficiently large to absorb enormous shocks from blows administered in this fashion, and they are tremendous blows, for dolphins have very powerful neck muscles.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • It then penetrated the dura matter, passed through the left posterior lobe of the cerebrum, entered the [208] left lateral ventricle and lodged in the white matter of the cerebrum just above the anterior portion of the left corpus striatum.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • I am aware that many of my contemporaries maintain that nations are never their own masters here below, and that they necessarily obey some insurmountable and unintelligent power, arising from anterior events, from their race, or from the soil and climate of their country.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Holabird had, five years before, done one bit of research which had taken his name into scientific journals throughout the world: he had studied the effect of the extirpation of the anterior lobes of a dog’s brain on its ability to find its way through the laboratory.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Two of the inferior limbs should be on the principle of the lever; wheels, perhaps, as they are now formed; though I have not yet determined whether the improvement might be better applied to the anterior or posterior members, inasmuch as I am yet to learn whether dragging or shoving requires the greatest muscular exertion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It was young Iphidamas, Anterior’s brawny and athletic son, who had been reared in Thrace, that fertile country, billowy grassland, nourisher of flocks.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The history of this branch of the English Constitution, anterior to the date of Magna Charta, is too obscure to yield instruction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It was divined, from some words which escaped Javert, that he had secretly investigated, with that curiosity which belongs to the race, and into which there enters as much instinct as will, all the anterior traces which CHAPTER V. VAGUE FLASHES ON THE HORIZON Father Madeleine might have left elsewhere.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Their fathers in the flesh had been, either royalists, doctrinaires, it matters not what; this confusion anterior to themselves, who were young, did not concern them at all; the pure blood of principle ran in their veins.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The anterior portion of the ball was occupied by the crowd; on the right and left were magistrates and tables; at the end, upon a platform, a number of judges, whose rear rank sank into the shadows, sinister and motionless faces.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • They get smaller toward the anterior section.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I traced my way to the anterior antennae, feeling the taut lines of the bound attachments stretched tight like harp strings into the deeper recesses of her head.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Those are the anterior antennae.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The solution of everything by universal suffrage being an absolutely modern fact, and all history anterior to this fact being, for the space of four thousand years, filled with violated right, and the suffering of peoples, each epoch of history brings with it that protest of which it is capable.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But sometimes the sovereign authority is composed of preorganized political bodies, by virtue of circumstances anterior to their union; and in this case the provincial governments assume the control, not only of those affairs which more peculiarly belong to their province, but of all, or of a part of the mixed affairs to which allusion has been made.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …theocracy is organizing Europe, while the Vatican is rallying and reclassing about itself the elements of a Rome made from the Rome which lies in ruins around the Capitol, while Christianity is seeking all the stages of society amid the rubbish of anterior civilization, and rebuilding with its ruins a new hierarchic universe, the keystone to whose vault is the priest—one first hears a dull echo from that chaos, and then, little by little, one sees, arising from beneath the breath of…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I know’d it!" shouted the old man, in his tremulous voice, his rigid features working powerfully, as if the names the other mentioned awakened some long dormant emotions, connected with the events of an anterior age.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Luther’s wedding-ring was shown me; also a fork belonging to a time anterior to our era, and an early bookjack.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
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Associated words [difficulty]:   anterior [7] , posterior [5] , anteroom [3]
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