1. establish something as being earlier relative to something else
  2. be earlier in time; go back further
    Stone tools precede bronze tools
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How To Use antedate In A Sentence

  • The novel is a grotesque exploration of fetishism which antedates Freud.
  • The lion passant guardant appears in various places; the renderings of it in the Palatine Chapel completed before 1143 antedate this symbol's presumed use by the King of England.
  • Personally, he was inclined to admire -- and frankly to admit it -- the ability which had brought Burr into prominence from a position of evident obscurity, while he regarded Mrs. Webb's eccentric attitude as a kind of antedated comedy. The Voice of the People
  • But these antedate the rise of muscular Christianity.
  • Given the fact that the British road network largely antedates the highway authorities themselves, the court is not in a position to say what the appropriate standard of improvement would be.
  • Moreover, the book treats the emergence of modern advertising, not advertising, whose history antedates the author's period of study.
  • All of the stone circles, menhirs, dolmens, etc., of the British Isles were constructed by peoples who antedated the Celts by one to three thousand years.
  • This event antedates the discovery of America by several centuries.
  • Those words all antedate the arrival of Europeans - and anthropological classifications.
  • The convention of extralegality for a just cause antedates the advent of hard-boiled heroes.
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