What are some alternative words for anterior?

Synonyms for anteriorænˈtɪər i ər

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term anterior.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. front tooth, anterior(adj)

    a tooth situated at the front of the mouth

    "his malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors"

    anterior, front tooth

    retral, back(a), hinder(a), caudal, subsequent, hind(a), posterior

  2. anterior(adj)

    of or near the head end or toward the front plane of a body


    hind(a), subsequent, caudal, posterior, retral, back(a), hinder(a)

  3. anterior, prior(a)(adj)

    earlier in time

    subsequent, hinder(a), posterior, hind(a), caudal, retral, back(a)


  1. anterior(adjective)

    Before in place.


  2. anterior(adjective)


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. anterior

    Antecedent may denote simple priority in time, implying no direct connection between that which goes before and that which follows; as, the striking of one clock may be always antecedent to the striking of another with no causal connection between them. Antecedent and previous may refer to that which goes or happens at any distance in advance, preceding is limited to that which is immediately or next before; an antecedent event may have happened at any time before; the preceding transaction is the one completed just before the one with which it is compared; a previous statement or chapter may be in any part of the book that has gone before; the preceding statement or chapter comes next before without an interval. Previous often signifies first by right; as, a previous engagement. Foregoing is used only of that which is spoken or written; as, the foregoing statements. Anterior, while it can be used of time, is coming to be employed chiefly with reference to place; as the anterior lobes of the brain. Prior bears exclusive reference to time, and commonly where that which is first in time is first also in right; as, a prior demand. Former is used of time, or of position in written or printed matter, not of space in general. We can say former times, a former chapter, etc., but not the former part of a garden; we should say the front part of the garden, the forward car of a train. Former has a close relation, or sharp contrast, with something following; the former always implies the latter, even when not fully expressed, as in Acts i, 1, and Eccles. vii, 10.

    antecedent, earlier, foregoing, former, forward, front, introductory, precedent, preceding, preliminary, previous, prior

    after, concluding, consequent, following, hind, hinder, hindmost, later, latter, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

    Such was the state of things previous to the revolution. [Previous to is often used adverbially, in constructions where previously to would be more strictly correct; as, these arrangements were made previous to my departure.]

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. anterior(a.)

    preceding, prior, previous, antecedent, foregoing, going before

  2. anterior(a.)

    fore, front, in front

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

previous, earlier, prior

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. anterior

    Ventral (in part)

Translations for anterior

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for anterior »


Find a translation for the anterior synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

Images & Illustrations of anterior

     Images & Illustrations of anterior Images & Illustrations of anterior Images & Illustrations of anterior

Discuss these anterior synonyms with the community:


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"anterior." Synonyms.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Feb. 2018. <https://www.synonyms.net/synonym/anterior>.

Are we missing a good synonym for anterior?

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for anterior:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.