ANTECEDENT (antecedo, to go before).—In a relation, whether logical or
metaphysical, the first term is the antecedent, the second the consequent. Thus,
in the relation of causality, the cause is the antecedent, and the effect the
"Antecedent is that part of a conditional proposition on which the other
depends" (Whately, Logic, bk. II. ch. IV. sec. 6).— V. PROPOSITION HYPOTHETICAL.