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Antecedent (logic)

In a statement of type “if A, then B” (subjunction), the term that follows the “if”.

For example:

If it rains [then] the road gets wet.

In this statement, “it rains” is the antecedent and “the road gets wet” is the consequent.

Other names

  • Condition
  • Cause


The term “antecedent”comes from the Latin term “antecedens”, which means “that which precedes”.

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