A "result" or "consequence" is the what happens as a result of the concept of the word. For example: War -- death, suffering, winner, looser, etc. Is there a word that can describe the opposite meaning of the result of a concept? Perhaps an antonym for "result" or "consequence"?
The cause (with result being synonymous with effect).
Merriam-Webster defines cause as,
: something or someone that produces an effect, result, or condition : something or someone that makes something happen or exist
It further lists, the following (bold added for emphasis) -
Antonyms aftereffect, aftermath, consequence, corollary, development, effect, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot
The word antecedent works well here. From Dictionary.com -
- preceding; prior:
- an antecedent event.
- a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.