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Definitions of anterior

  1. a tooth situated at the front of the mouth; "his malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Anteriority. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Before in time; antecedent. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Before, or toward the front, in place; as, the anterior part of the mouth; - opposed to posterior. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Situated more to the front; former; earlier; preceding. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Before, in time, or place: in front. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Before, in time or place. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Farther front; situated at the front. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Before in time or place; previous; in front. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Nearer the head end; ventral in human anatomy; facing outwards from the axis. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for anterior

  1. He saw there was a process to be attended to, anterior to the observation of objects; namely, to employ and discipline the activity of children yet too young to attend except to what they are themselves doing. – Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School by Elizabeth P. Peabody
  2. A legislative department was created, that laws necessary and proper to this end might be enacted; a judicial department was erected to expound and administer the laws; an executive department was formed for the purpose of enforcing and seeing to the execution of these laws; and these several departments of Government possess the power to enact, administer, and enforce the laws 'necessary and proper' to secure those rights which existed anterior to the ordination of the Constitution. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
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