antecedent (adj) – going before; preceding
BREAKDOWN: ANTE- (before) + CED- (go) + -ENT (inclined to)
— an antecedent is the noun a pronoun describes or replaces
— to antecede means to go before in time or place; to precede
This word is built on the root CED-, which means to go, to yield, or to withdraw.
Common CED- words include concede, exceed, procedure, recede, and succeed.
More esoteric CED- words include decedent and procedural.