anterior /anˈtɪərɪə/

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I. adjective

1.
‹technical› nearer the front, especially in the front of the body, or nearer to the head or forepart

the veins anterior to the heart.
The opposite of posterior.
2.
[Botany] (of a part of a flower or leaf) situated further away from the main stem.
3.
[Phonetics] pronounced with an obstruction located in front of the palato-alveolar region of the mouth, e.g. b, p, d, t.
4.
‹formal› coming before in time; earlier

an incident anterior to her troubles.
II. derivatives

1. anteriority /antɪərɪˈɒrɪti /
noun


2. anteriorly
adverb


– origin mid 16th cent.: from French antérieur or Latin anterior, comparative of ante ‘before’.

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