antecessor

[an-tuh-ses-er]
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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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Historical Examples of antecessor

  • But we may especially note the epithet by which the witches are said to have first appealed to the Devil—Antecessor.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • No one of these five sokemen belonged to his antecessor Wigot; every one of them might sell his land.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • We read a good deal of men who were sub-commended to the antecessor of Robert Malet.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • The grantee stepped exactly into the place of the antecessor; he inherited all his rights and all his burthens.

    William the Conqueror

    Edward Augustus Freeman

  • He inherited therewith any disputes as to the extent of the lands of the antecessor or as to the nature of his tenure.

    William the Conqueror

    Edward Augustus Freeman