- a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.
- something succeeded or replaced by something else: The new monument in the park is more beautiful than its predecessor.
- Archaic. an ancestor; forefather.
Origin of predecessor
Examples from the Web for predecessor
Under the current president and his predecessor, Jett notes, the ambassadorship of Belize has gone to college roommates.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
Austin Mahone, the teenage pop star with a more wholesome image than his predecessor Justin Bieber wants to tell you his story.Portrait of the Austin Mahone as a Teen Idol
December 10, 2014
The 247 was the first airplane really to define the form of a modern airliner, flying faster and higher than any predecessor.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
Scott says he last spoke to his predecessor a few days ago, although he never explicitly gave his blessing.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
Now Obama needs his predecessor to help prevent a solid Republican Congress from hassling him all the way to January 20, 2017.The Only Way for Democrats to Win
October 24, 2014
Following the example of his predecessor, in 1868, Mr. Gladstone resigned.The Grand Old Man
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He was as little and fair-complexioned as his predecessor was big and dark.My Double Life
It was a very kind thing in your predecessor, John, to write to me, was it not?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The central portion of this cable much resembles that of its predecessor in 1866.
The day was worse than its predecessor, inexpressibly gloomy and disheartening.The Downfall
- a person who precedes another, as in an office
- something that precedes something else
- an ancestor; forefather
Word Origin and History for predecessor
late 14c., "one who has held an office or position before the present holder," from Old French predecesseor "forebear" and directly from Late Latin praedecessorem (nominative praedecessor), from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + decessor "retiring official," from decess-, past participle stem of decedere "go away," also "die" (see decease (n.)). Meaning "ancestor, forefather" is recorded from c.1400.