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Word: antecedents

Definition: preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background

Sentences Containing 'antecedents'

"Antecedents of the English Novel, 1400–1600; from Chaucer to Deloney" was published in 1963.
Antecedents of modern sociobiological thinking can be traced to the 1960s and the work of such biologists as Richard D. Alexander, Robert Trivers and William D. Hamilton.
As described above, the choice of relative pronoun often depends on whether the antecedent is human or non-human: "who" and its derivatives (apart from "whose") are generally restricted to human antecedents, while "which" and "what" and their derivatives (in most uses) are restricted to non-human ones.
Besides identifying this trait, Wilson and Barber reported a number of childhood antecedents that likely laid the foundation for fantasy proneness in later life, such as, "a parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend who encouraged the reading of fairy tales, reinforced the child's ... fantasies, and treated the child's dolls and stuffed animals in ways that encouraged the child to believe that they were alive."
Charles Darwin regarded this sudden appearance of many animal groups with few or no antecedents as a major objection to his theory of evolution, and in 1859 devoted a chapter of "The Origin of Species" to this problem.
Democracy in Venezuela developed during the twentieth century, with Democratic Action (founded in 1941) and its antecedents playing an important role in the early years.
Each year, in a different Canadian city, a public thinker leads a two-day discussion on the historical antecedents and future trajectory of our democratic institutions and culture.
He considers two cuisines—the Low Country and the Creole—to be the vague antecedents for his version of Southern food.
He has been re-elected every two years since then from a district that has been held continuously by Republicans (or their antecedents) since 1859, and by a Duncan since his father was first elected in 1964.
Her work on the sagas received wide approval, and another important contribution by her was on the literary and social context of medieval English works, above all in "English Medieval Literature and Its Social Foundations", but she also published general surveys and translations and wrote on "James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, Emily Dickinson, Hollywood slang, folklore topics, the antecedents of the English novel, and the history of the English language."
It was the first time it had ever been so complimented, and Madame Defarge knew enough of its antecedents to know better.
One can also measure all of the attributes and antecedents of family resilience individually to attempt to capture what it means to be resilient at a certain phase of a family developmental cycle.
Several antecedents, outcomes of organizational ambidexterity as well as related moderators have also been identified in the existing literature.
The antecedents of restrictive relative clauses are marked with the restrictive morpheme –"i", which resembles the indefinite morpheme in form alone, e.g. "ezgit dukkāni ke həzitu awwál" ‘I went to the places which I saw before.’ If the antecedent is the object of the relative clause, it will be represented within the relative clause by a resumptive relative pronoun, as in the example above ("həzitu" ‘I saw them’).
The distinction between the relative pronouns "that" and "which" to introduce restrictive relative clauses with non-human antecedents is a frequent point of dispute.
The Lascar was known to be a man of the vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime.
The possessive form "whose" is often used with non-human as well as human antecedents, since no analogous form exists for "which" or "that".
The relative pronoun "that", however, is used with both human and non-human antecedents.
The word "Geier" more recently has evolved as a "derogatory term for persons from the Middle East." A significant number of African American people with the surname Geier are found in Washington D.C. and across the Southern States, the European antecedents of which are unknown.
These antecedents helped to create a strong public reaction to such extraordinary discrepancies between both autopsies.
This provides the accused an opportunity to place his antecedents, social and economic background and mitigating and extenuating circumstances before the court.

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