The sentences that precede that quoted by Sir Martin are Greek in tendency.
But this instance is equally or even more inconceivable than the preceding.
[From The Philosophy of the Practical: Economic and Ethic by Ainslie, Douglas]
No precedent existed for the mode of action to be adopted by this assembly.
Cyclones are preceded by a singular calm and a great fall of the barometer.
[From The Wonder Book of Knowledge The Marvels of Modern Industry and Invention, the Interesting Stories of Common Things, the Mysterious Processes of Nature Simply Explained by Hill, Henry Chase]
But I ask you if I have effected anything or nothing in the preceding days?
[From Cicero's Tusculan Disputations Also, Treatises On The Nature Of The Gods, And On The Commonwealth by Cicero, Marcus Tullius]
Their court staff was the solid foundation of unyielding precedent in form.
[From The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 1 (of 2) by De Benneville, James S. (James Seguin)]
There was no precedent for the collection of so great a force of artillery.
[From With the British Legion A Story of the Carlist Wars by Paget, Walter]
Goethe says, "All art must be preceded by a certain mechanical expertness."
[From Elocution Simplified With an Appendix on Lisping, Stammering, Stuttering, and Other Defects of Speech. by Fobes, Walter K.]
He unlocked the door, and the deliberate figure preceded him into the room.
[From The Girl in the Mirror by Jordan, Elizabeth Garver]
Language and prototypes precede and necessarily antedate writing and prose.
[From Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy by Various]
Louis was more memorable in many respects than at any preceding exposition.
[From Final Report of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission by Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission]
Something might have occurred on a preceding day which had not reached him.
[From Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 by Disraeli, Isaac]
The ornamentation of pottery showed some advance over the preceding period.
[From Archæology and the Bible by Barton, George A. (George Aaron)]
They have been active all through the preceding winter, spring, and summer.
[From Gwen Wynn: A Romance of the Wye by Reid, Mayne]
They were the culmination of a great ascent, preceding as great a downfall.
[From The Story of Milan by Noyes, Dora]
This last article, I own, piqued me more than all her preceding civilities.
[From Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Her Life and Letters (1689-1762) by Montagu, Mary Wortley, Lady]
This was too much like what had preceded the slaughter of their companions.
[From The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley by Mitford, Bertram]
None of the great inarticulate may more justly claim place and precedence.
[From A Study of Shakespeare by Swinburne, Algernon Charles]