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antebellum
Of a period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

Gone with the wind describes life in antebellum Georgia.
antecedent
A thing or event that precedes.

The first part of this equation is the antecedent.
anterior
coming before in position or time

The aquatic larval stage of a tadpole is anterior to the full-grown state of a frog.
avant-garde
ahead of the times, especially in the arts.

Fashions worn only by the avant-garde are seen everywhere after a few years.
precept
a command; a rule of conduct

Although his parents tried to teach him the precepts of good manners, he remained tactless and inconsiderate.
predestination
the belief that what happens in human life has already been determined by some higher power

The couple felt that predestination had brought them together.
preempt, pre-empt
to take possession of something before anyone else can do so

The president's address preempted regular broadcasts.
premonition
a warning in advance

As she picked up the letter, she had a premonition that it carried bad news.
preposterous
absurd; contrary to nature or reason

The tightly-laced corsets of the nineteenth century seem preposterous to active modern women.
pretentious
showy; pompous; claiming unjustified distinction

They chose a hotel with pretentious furnishings but little comfort.
vanguard
The foremost position, especially of an army or fleet.

The vanguard of the French Revolution discarded their powdered wigs and wore their hair naturally.