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pred·e·ces·sor

 (prĕd′ĭ-sĕs′ər, prē′dĭ-)
n.
1. One who precedes another in time, especially in holding an office or position.
2. Something that has been succeeded by another: The new building is more spacious than its predecessor.
3. An ancestor; a forebear.

[Middle English predecessoure, from Old French predecesseur, from Late Latin praedēcessor : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dēcessor, a retiring magistrate (from dēcessus, past participle of dēcēdere, to depart : dē-, away; see de- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots).]
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predecessor

(ˈpriːdɪˌsɛsə)
n
1. a person who precedes another, as in an office
2. something that precedes something else
3. an ancestor; forefather
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin praedēcessor, from prae before + dēcēdere to go away, from away + cēdere to go]
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pred•e•ces•sor

(ˈprɛd əˌsɛs ər; esp. Brit. ˈpri də-)

n.
1. a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.
2. something succeeded or replaced by something else.
3. Archaic. an ancestor; forefather.
[1250–1300; Middle English predecessour < Anglo-French < Late Latin praedēcessor= Latin prae- pre- + dēcessor retiring official, derivative (with -tor -tor) of dēcēdere to withdraw =dē- de- + cēdere to yield; see cede]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.predecessor - one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
forerunner, precursor - a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
forefather - person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"
2.predecessor - something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
indicant, indication - something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
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predecessor

noun
1. previous job holder, precursor, forerunner, antecedent, former job holder, prior job holder He learned everything he knew from his predecessor.
2. ancestor, forebear, antecedent, forefather opportunities our predecessors never had
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predecessor

noun
1. One that precedes, as in time:
2. Archaic. A person from whom one is descended:
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Translations
السّابِق في الوَظيفَهسَلَف
předchůdcepředek
forgængerforfader
edeltäjä
prethodnik
elõd
forfaîirfyrirrennari, forveri
前任者前機種
전임자
priekšgājējssenči
föregångare
คนที่อยู่มาก่อน
selefatacetöncel
người tiền nhiệm

predecessor

[ˈpriːdɪsesəʳ] Npredecesor(a) m/f, antecesor(a) m/f
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predecessor

[ˈpriːdɪsɛsər] n
(= person) → prédécesseur m
[object, machine] → prédécesseur m
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predecessor

n (= person)Vorgänger(in) m(f); (= thing)Vorläufer(in) m(f); our predecessors (= ancestors)unsere Ahnen or Vorfahren pl; his latest book is certainly better than its predecessorssein neuestes Buch ist zweifellos besser als seine vorherigen
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predecessor

[ˈpriːdɪˌsɛsəʳ] npredecessore m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

predecessor

(ˈpriːdisesə) , ((American) ˈpre-) noun
1. someone who has had a particular job or position before. He was my predecessor as manager.
2. an ancestor. My predecessors came from Scotland.
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predecessor

الشَّخْصُ الَّذِي سَبَقَ فُلاناً فِي الوَظِيفَةِ předchůdce forgænger Vorgänger προκάτοχος predecesor edeltäjä prédécesseur prethodnik predecessore 前任者 전임자 voorganger forgjenger poprzednik predecessor предшественник föregångare คนที่อยู่มาก่อน selef người tiền nhiệm 前任
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A STATE Official carrying off the Dome of the Capitol met the Ghost of his predecessor, who had come out of his political grave to warn him that God saw him.
He feared his predecessor had been massacred before they had reached their place of destination; or if they should have erected a factory, that it had been surprised and destroyed by the natives.
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It is a circumstance which will be without consequence in the administration of the government; and it was far more convenient that it should be arranged in this manner, than that there should be a necessity of convening the legislature, or one of its branches, upon every arrival of a foreign minister, though it were merely to take the place of a departed predecessor.
I doubt whether Eustace did not internally pronounce the whole thing a bore, until I led him to my predecessor's little ruined, rustic summer house, midway on the hillside.
I made the above discovery on the twenty-ninth of the month -- anniversary of the Restoration of my royal predecessor in the field of human sympathies, Charles the Second.
Use the memory of thy predecessor, fairly and tenderly; for if thou dost not, it is a debt will sure be paid when thou art gone.
The first act of this Sage, was, to administer to the effects of his predecessor, by disinterring all the cheese and halfpence he had buried in the garden--a work of immense labour and research, to which he devoted all the energies of his mind.
I thought about my predecessor, who had died of drink and smoke; and I could have wished he had been so good as to live, and not bother me with his decease.