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antecedent
used in War and Peace

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something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
  • By discarding a claim to knowledge of the ultimate purpose, we shall clearly perceive that just as one cannot imagine a blossom or seed for any single plant better suited to it than those it produces, so it is impossible to imagine any two people more completely adapted down to the smallest detail for the purpose they had to fulfill, than Napoleon and Alexander with all their antecedents.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (40% in)

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