Examples from the Web for predecessor
Under the current president and his predecessor, Jett notes, the ambassadorship of Belize has gone to college roommates.
Austin Mahone, the teenage pop star with a more wholesome image than his predecessor Justin Bieber wants to tell you his story.
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|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scott says he last spoke to his predecessor a few days ago, although he never explicitly gave his blessing.
Now Obama needs his predecessor to help prevent a solid Republican Congress from hassling him all the way to January 20, 2017.
When I compare the position of the reader of to-day with that of his predecessor of the sixteenth century.
He was named after the Presbyterian minister who was his father's predecessor.The Cleveland Era|Henry Jones Ford
The Elector was as silent as his predecessor, and quickly produced a bottle of Steinberg.Vivian Grey|Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Yes, fair and gentle one, that is just why even you go to the Thames as your predecessor went to the Colosseum.Harvard Stories|Waldron Kintzing Post
He was nephew and son-in-law to his predecessor on the throne, Antoninus Pius.
British Dictionary definitions for predecessor
Word Origin for predecessor
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.