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antecedent
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
  • That I have some claim to the exercise of a veto here, would not, I believe, be denied by any reasonable person cognizant of the relations between us: relations which, though thrown into the past by your recent procedure, are not thereby annulled in their character of determining antecedents.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (46% in)

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