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 Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.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.
His predecessor in the same position died in a car accident, i'm puzzled. I'm extremely puzzled.
Clinton agrees with her predecessor that his emails, like hers, are being inappropriately subjected to over-classification.
This is not something that should be done off-the-cuff by the President of the United States just looking for a cheap shot at his predecessor.
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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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