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3 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Anterior \An*te"ri*or\, a. [L. anterior, comp. of ante before.]
1. Before in time; antecedent.
Antigonus, who was anterior to Polybius. --Sir G. C.
2. Before, or toward the front, in place; as, the anterior
part of the mouth; -- opposed to posterior.
Note: In comparative anatomy, anterior often signifies at or
toward the head, cephalic; and in human anatomy it is
often used for ventral.
Syn: Antecedent; previous; precedent; preceding; former;
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: of or near the head end or toward the front plane of a
body [ant: posterior]
2: earlier in time [syn: anterior, prior(a)]
n 1: a tooth situated at the front of the mouth; "his
malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors" [syn: front
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
55 Moby Thesaurus words for "anterior":
album, ana, analects, antecedent, anticipatory, chief, ci-devant,
collection, compilation, delectus, earlier, early, elder, exordial,
first, florilegium, fore, foregoing, forehand, foremost, former,
forward, front, frontal, garland, head, headmost, inaugural,
initiatory, leading, miscellany, older, omnibus, posy, precedent,
preceding, precessional, precurrent, precursory, preexistent,
prefatory, preliminary, preludial, prelusive, preparatory,
prevenient, previous, primary, prime, prior, proemial,
propaedeutic, senior, treasure-house, treasury
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