Definitions for predecessorˈprɛd əˌsɛs ər; esp. Brit. ˈpri də-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pred•e•ces•sorˈprɛd 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.

Origin of predecessor:

1250–1300; ME predecessour < AF < LL praedēcessor= L prae-pre - +dēcessor retiring official, der. (with -tor -tor ) of dēcēdere to withdraw =dē-de - +cēdere to yield; see cede

Princeton's WordNet

  1. predecessor(noun)

    one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)

  2. harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor(noun)

    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

Wiktionary

  1. predecessor(Noun)

    One who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.

  2. predecessor(Noun)

    A model or type of machinery or device which precedes the current one. Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.

    The steam engine was the predecessor of diesel and electric locomotives.

  3. predecessor(Noun)

    A vertex having a directed path to another vertex

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predecessor(noun)

    one who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'predecessor' in Nouns Frequency: #2171


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

predecessor(noun)

someone who has had a particular job or position before

He was my predecessor as manager.

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