Definition of anterior in English:

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Pronunciation: /anˈtɪərɪə/


1 technical Nearer the front, especially in the front of the body, or nearer to the head or forepart: the veins anterior to the heart The opposite of posterior.
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  • The anterior cruciate ligament joins the back of the inside of the thighbone to the outside front of the shinbone.
  • Operative findings revealed a mass within the left broad ligament, predominantly anterior to the uterus and crossing the midline.
  • A second separate irregular sacculated pouch was located anterior to the first in the septum and anterior left ventricular wall.
1.1 Botany (Of a part of a flower or leaf) situated further away from the main stem.
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  • One anterior petal is missing as well as a posterior stamen.
  • Usually the lateral stamens emerge first, then the anterior stamen.
1.2 Phonetics Pronounced with an obstruction located in front of the palato-alveolar region of the mouth, e.g. b, p, d, t.
Example sentences
  • Over time the tension in the pronunciation of the consonant was relieved by beginning to pronounce it further and further forward in the mouth, anticipating the high anterior pronunciation of the vowel.
2 formal Coming before in time; earlier: an incident anterior to her troubles
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  • It is not contemplated that these prior, anterior selves and actions may be in fact constituted by, or be the effects of, the signs and codes that supposedly reflect them.
  • Since documentary is defined by the viewer's attribution of relevance to the anterior event, the deployment of the zoom and the viewer's reception of it is a very precarious situation.
  • In some anterior time, the burial mound had been desecrated, its jeweled contents taken away.



Pronunciation: /antɪərɪˈɒrɪti/
Example sentences
  • In the mythography and linguistic studies of Max Muller and Schlegel, the Aryans would quickly supplant in anteriority and superiority the FIebraic, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations.
  • There is even an anteriority of the infinite to the finite, as the infinite is ‘a transcendental condition for the possibility of the finite’.
  • Everything in every mind has something in the external world standing in a relationship of anteriority to it because humans are conceived and born through biological processes.


Example sentences
  • The amphidetic ligament extends both anteriorly and posteriorly.
  • As it descends, it progressively courses anteriorly to the crook of the arm, where it is well exposed to a sword-thrust or cut.
  • The articulation surface faces anteriorly and slightly laterally.


Mid 16th century: from French antérieur or Latin anterior, comparative of ante 'before'.

Words that rhyme with anterior

Algeria, bacteria, Bashkiria, cafeteria, criteria, cryptomeria, diphtheria, exterior, hysteria, Iberia, inferior, interior, Liberia, listeria, Nigeria, posterior, Siberia, superior, ulterior, wisteria

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