antedate

[v. an-ti-deyt, an-ti-deyt; n. an-ti-deyt]
verb (used with object), antedated, antedating.
1.
to be of older date than; precede in time: The Peruvian empire antedates the Mexican empire.
2.
predate ( def 1 ).
3.
to assign to an earlier date: to antedate a historical event.
4.
to cause to return to an earlier time: to antedate one's thoughts by remembering past events.
5.
to cause to happen sooner; accelerate: The cold weather antedated their departure from the country.
6.
Archaic. to take or have in advance; anticipate.
noun
7.
a prior date.

Origin:
1570–80; earlier antidate < Middle French antidater, derivative of antidate a date earlier than the true date (by association with anté- ante-), originally a date put in place of another date; see ante-, date1

1. anecdote, antedate, antidote ; 2. antedate, predate, postdate.
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antedate
 
vb
1.  to be or occur at an earlier date than
2.  to affix a date to (a document, etc) that is earlier than the actual date
3.  to assign a date to (an event, etc) that is earlier than its previously assigned date
4.  to cause to occur sooner
 
n
5.  an earlier date

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antedate
1580s, earlier as noun meaning "a backdating, false early date attached to a document or event" (1570s); from L. ante "before" + date.
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The explanation is quite simple: self-consciousness does not antedate birth, nor does it develop in a vacuum.
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