What does predecessor mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word predecessor.

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


  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 Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.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

  2. 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

  1. Predecessor

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predecessor in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predecessor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Baltasar Gracián y Morales:

    To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.

  2. Melanie Hart:

    They know that when they are elected, they will follow the same approach their predecessor did.

  3. Han Park:

    His predecessor in the same position died in a car accident, i'm puzzled. I'm extremely puzzled.

  4. John Podesta:

    Clinton agrees with her predecessor that his emails, like hers, are being inappropriately subjected to over-classification.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    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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