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In the particular context that I'm in, I was writing about several lines of programming. For simplicity, let's call them:

line a
line b

First, I described line a. Great. Then I wanted to write about line b, but couldn't think of the way to describe the relationship between b and a. The closest I could think of was "follows", but to say "the following line" is ambiguous: it can refer to either the line of code after line a, or it can imply that I'm going to copy and paste line b into my text and reference it there (which was not the case).

I ended up saying something to the effect of "line a precedes some code that...", but was wondering:

If line a "precedes" line b, then what is the proper and unambiguous term for the relationship between line b, relative to line a? Postcede?

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Succeed or follow. Online thesaurus. –  Mitch Jun 28 '11 at 23:31
    
Parliament is changing the law. Now, the eldest child (of either gender) will succeed the monarch. –  GEdgar Nov 12 '11 at 22:59
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Line B is preceded by Line A.

Line A is followed by Line B.

EDIT after the first comment:

To make it active, you can try:

Line B follows Line A.

Alternatively, you could say:

Line B comes after Line A.

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Ah, I like "comes after". What about an adjective form? –  Dave DeLong Jun 28 '11 at 23:41
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What exactly do you mean? I think you're looking for "the preceding line" and "the following line", or alternatively, "the succeeding line". –  RiMMER Jun 28 '11 at 23:44
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The most natural-sounding way you could say it (other than using "follows") is probably: "is next after".

If "line A" precedes "line B", "line B" is/comes next after "line A".

"Succeed" is the technical antonym to "precede", but "line B succeeds line A" does not sound as natural.

Then again, though you discarded the term "follows", it may turn out to be a good choice.

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predecessor/successor ... follower has another meaning –  GEdgar Jun 28 '11 at 23:56
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Antecede is synonymous with precede (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antecede). I believe the proper "mirror word" to precede is succeed. This usage is most commonly seen in the form predecessor/successor, but it's perfectly valid to say that line a precedes line b and line b succeeds line a.

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Welcome to the site, but your suggestion of succeed has already been given and the commentary about antecede would be more suitable as a comment, not an answer. If you are new to Stack Exchange, I encourage you to visit the Help Center— this is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum. –  choster Dec 20 '13 at 20:28
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"Subsequent" is a fitting antonym to precede.

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How fitting can it be as it isn't even a verb? –  choster Jan 13 at 22:39
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I see the question the inquirer is driving at. The word "precede" means to walk "in advance of" or "in front of". He/she is asking if there is a mirror word (presumably utilizing the root word "cede"), for "precede". A single word that means, essentially, "to walk behind" or "to follow", or "the last in a train of..."

That word, dear asker, is not "postcede", though I see your logic, but "antecede".

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But antecede is actually a synonym of precede: thefreedictionary.com/antecede –  Chris H Sep 17 '13 at 9:05
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