The definition of a predecessor is someone who came before another person.
An example of a predecessor is the person who had your job before you were hired.
- a person who precedes or preceded another, as in office
- a thing followed or replaced by another thing, as in use
- an ancestor; forefather
Origin of predecessorMiddle English predecessour ; from Middle French predecesseur ; from Late Latin praedecessor ; from Classical Latin prae-, before (see pre-) + decessor, retiring officer ; from decessus, past participle of decedere, to go away, depart ; from de-, from + cedere, to go: see cede
- One who precedes another in time, especially in holding an office or position.
- Something that has been succeeded by another: The new building is more spacious than its predecessor.
- An ancestor; a forebear.
Origin of predecessorMiddle English predecessoure, from Old French predecesseur, from Late Latin praed&emacron;cessor : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin d&emacron;cessor, a retiring magistrate (from d&emacron;cessus, past participle of d&emacron;c&emacron;dere, to depart : d&emacron;-, away; see de– + c&emacron;dere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots).
- 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 Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.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.
- (mathematics) A vertex having a directed path to another vertex
From Latin prae (“before") + decedo (“go away").