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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anteriority - the quality of being in front or (in lower animals) toward the headanteriority - the quality of being in front or (in lower animals) toward the head
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
posteriority - the quality of being toward the back or toward the rear end
2.anteriority - preceding in time
earliness - quality of coming early or earlier in time
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One should also take into account, particularly with the novel, but equally so with the drama, the relations of anteriority or posterity of a character or situation with regard to everything surrounding it, of moments when a motif appears or disappears, of the elaboration or accumulation of themes, of preparatory foreshadowings and recapitulative repetitions, of possible uses for the reader's memory or expectation, and, obviously, of effects of rhythm or tempo.
17) Heidegger has imposed conditions within which it is possible for God to be encountered: not only the condition of Being ("In the beginning and in principle, there advenes neither God, nor a god, nor the logos, but the advent itself - Being, with an anteriority all the less shared in that it decides all the rest"), but also the condition of human subjectivity ("the absolute phenomenological anteriority of Dasein") which is first posited in Being and Time and, according to Marion, is never revoked, despite Heidegger's disclaimers.
Throughout this scholarly work, he highlighted two outstanding features of Africa's history: first, its anteriority - in other words, its status as the source of human history and civilization; and secondly, its remarkable continuity.
Harold Bloom describes the anxiety that characterises the writer's anteriority and compels him to misread and rewrite the texts of his fathers in unmistakably negative terms: it is a "mode of melancholy", a "dark and daemonic ground" (Bloom 1997: 25).
What Bhabha seeks (most urgently in his reading of Fanon) is a specific temporalisation of psychic and social spaces that makes the "enunciatory present of modernity disjunctive" (ibid: 239), a belatedness, neither anteriority nor posteriority, neither before nor after, but a temporal rift at the heart of signification.
This idea is not a new one, as Zevit himself acknowledges, but he is the first to claim that this construction indicates anteriority in every context in which it is used.
But the inability to distinguish unambiguously between simultaneity and anteriority may occasionally be an impediment to using a participle.
In English the pastness or anteriority is provided by the (non-inflected) past participle, while in Arabic it is provided by the perfect verb.
Still, one of the ancillary implications of Bansat-Boudon's meticulous analysis is that the degree of consonance and its systematicity argue more clearly for the dramatist's anteriority.
has here abandoned, to his credit, his earlier insistence that the PTB prosodic system comprised phonation types rather than tones, and seems to admit that it is artificial to make a sharp dividing line between the two, and that it is a chicken-or-egg question as to which has historical anteriority.
In Green's physiogony, living nature is overcome by the spirit and reduced to pure anteriority.