antecessor

[ an-tuh-ses-er ]
/ ˌæn təˈsɛs ər /

noun

a person who goes before; predecessor.

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Origin of antecessor

1375–1425; late Middle English antecessour (< Middle French) < Latin antecessor he who goes before, a predecessor, equivalent to anteced-, variant stem of antecēdere (see antecede) + -tor -tor; cf. ancestor
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