precedence (part of speech: noun)
previous time (part of speech: noun)
- In both cases we believe that the results are due to the operation of natural laws, that is to say, can, with adequate knowledge, be described in terms of antecedence and sequence. - "Herbert Spencer", J. Arthur Thomson.
- We formulate the laws of evolution in terms of antecedence and sequence; we also refer these laws to an underlying cause, the noumenal mode of action of which is inexplicable. - "Herbert Spencer", J. Arthur Thomson.