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I don't remember what it's called. For instance:

Robert lost his keys.

Robert is the pronoun the possessive pronoun his refers to.

I am guessing there's a technical term used by grammarians, but I have no idea what it is.

If I were to give a stab at it, I would call it the master pronoun, but that sounds just dumb.

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That would be antecedent. It's fairly technical, yes. There may be other terms for it; there often are.

And Robert is a noun, not a pronoun. Pronouns have antecedents; nouns don't.

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