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an·te·ri·or

 (ăn-tîr′ē-ər)
adj.
1. Placed before or in front.
2. Occurring before in time; earlier.
3. Anatomy
a. Located near or toward the head in lower animals.
b. Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
c. Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.
4. Botany In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.

[Latin, comparative of ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.]

an·te′ri·or′i·ty (-ôr′ĭ-tē, -ŏr′-) n.
an·te′ri·or·ly adv.

anterior

(ænˈtɪərɪə)
adj
1. situated at or towards the front
2. earlier in time
3. (Zoology) zoology of or near the head end
4. (Botany) botany (of part of a flower or leaf) situated farthest away from the main stem
[C17: from Latin, comparative of ante before]
anteriority n

an•te•ri•or

(ænˈtɪər i ər)

adj.
1. situated before or at the front of; fore (opposed to posterior).
2.
a. (in animals and embryos) pertaining to or toward the head or forward end of the body.
b. (in humans and other primates) pertaining to or toward the front plane of the body, equivalent to the ventral surface of quadrupeds.
3. preceding in time or sequence; earlier.
[1535–45; < Latin, comp. of ante before, after posterior]
an•te`ri•or′i•ty (-ˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-) n.
an•te′ri•or•ly, adv.

anterior

1. In front of; ventral.
2. Toward or at the front.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anterior - a tooth situated at the front of the mouthanterior - a tooth situated at the front of the mouth; "his malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors"
tooth - hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense
bucktooth - a large projecting front tooth
Adj.1.anterior - of or near the head end or toward the front plane of a body
front - relating to or located in the front; "the front lines"; "the front porch"
posterior - located at or near or behind a part or near the end of a structure
2.anterior - earlier in time
antecedent - preceding in time or order

anterior

adjective
1. front, forward, fore, frontward the left anterior descending artery
2. earlier, former, previous, prior, preceding, introductory, foregoing, antecedent memories of our anterior existences

anterior

adjective
Translations

anterior

[ænˈtɪərɪəʳ] ADJanterior (to a)

anterior

[ænˈtɪərɪər] adjantérieur(e)

anterior

adj
(= prior)früher (to als); to be anterior tovorangehen (+dat), → vorausgehen (+dat)
(Anat etc) → vordere(r, s); anterior brainVorderhirn nt

anterior

[ænˈtɪərɪəʳ] adj (frm) (position) → anteriore; (time) → precedente

an·te·ri·or

a. anterior, precedente; [body position] anterior o ventral; [time] previo-a.

anterior

adj anterior
References in classic literature ?
Luther's wedding-ring was shown me; also a fork belonging to a time anterior to our era, and an early bookjack.
For nature (as the physicians allege) having intended the superior anterior orifice only for the intromission of solids and liquids, and the inferior posterior for ejection, these artists ingeniously considering that in all diseases nature is forced out of her seat, therefore, to replace her in it, the body must be treated in a manner directly contrary, by interchanging the use of each orifice; forcing solids and liquids in at the anus, and making evacuations at the mouth.
At present, a large part of the vacant Western territory is, by cession at least, if not by any anterior right, the common property of the Union.
The history of this branch of the English Constitution, anterior to the date of Magna Charta, is too obscure to yield instruction.
Really, I knew already the anterior part of this submarine boat, of which this is the exact division, starting from the ship's head: the dining-room, five yards long, separated from the library by a water-tight partition; the library, five yards long; the large drawing-room, ten yards long, separated from the Captain's room by a second water-tight partition; the said room, five yards in length; mine, two and a half yards; and, lastly a reservoir of air, seven and a half yards, that extended to the bows.
That we are not able to say; but at all events, we have seen, by the anterior developments of this story, that Buckingham had the advantage over him, and in two or three circumstances, particularly that of the diamond studs, had, thanks to the devotedness of the three Musketeers and the courage and conduct of D'Artagnan, cruelly mystified him.
Nay, further, have you never endeavored to recall the time, place, and circumstances of your former intercourse, and failing in this attempt, have almost believed that your spirits must have held converse with each other in some state of being anterior to the present, and that you are only now occupied in a reminiscence of the past?
144} From this and other passages in the "Odyssey" it appears that we are in an age anterior to the use of coined money--an age when cauldrons, tripods, swords, cattle, chattels of all kinds, measures of corn, wine, or oil, etc.
The latter, however, have no consciousness anterior to their physical births, and very little, indeed, for some time afterwards; whereas a different law prevails as respects us; our mental conformation being such as to enable us to refer our moral existence to a period that embraces the experience, reasoning and sentiments of several generations.
The flood of memories brought back by this revival of an incident anterior to her troubles produced a momentary dismay lest, recognizing her also, he should by some means discover her story.
Damascus dates back anterior to the days of Abraham, and is the oldest city in the world.
I find it more credible, since it is anterior information, that one man should know heaven, as the Chinese say, than that so many men should know the world.