one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor(noun)
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
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.
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 Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.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.
A vertex having a directed path to another vertex
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
Origin: [L. praedecessor; prae before + decessor one who withdraws from the province he has governed, a retiring officer (with reference to his successor), a predecessor, fr. decedere: cf. F. prdcesseur. See Decease.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē-dē-ses′or, n. one who has been before another in any office.—v.t. Predecess′ (rare), to precede.—adj. Predeces′sive. [L. præ, before, decessor, a retiring officer, decedĕre, decessum, to withdraw—de, away, cedĕre.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'predecessor' in Nouns Frequency: #2171
The numerical value of predecessor in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of predecessor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
They know that when they are elected, they will follow the same approach their predecessor did.
They know that all the presidential candidates are all going to bash China, they know that when they are elected, they will follow the same approach their predecessor did.
Rui's appointment should transform Timorese politics by ushering in a new period of cross-party cooperation, the challenge will be to cultivate the same kind of authority and credibility as his predecessor.
We, the Armenians and the Jewish people, have suffered the same fate, and the Armenian genocide has served as a predecessor to the Jewish Holocaust, so Israel should have been actually one of the first countries to support and recognize the Armenian genocide.
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- antecessorCatalan, Valencian
- Vorgängerin, VorgängerGerman
- predecesor, antecesorSpanish
- précédent, prédécesseurFrench
- precedente, antecessore, predecessoreItalian
- 前機種, 前任者Japanese
- antecessor, predecessorPortuguese
- предшественница, предшественникRussian
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