- 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.
predecessor definition by Webster's New World
- a person who precedes or preceded another, as in office
- a thing replaced by another thing, as in use
- an ancestor; forefather
Origin: Middle English predecessour ; from Middle French predecesseur ; from Late Latin praedecessor ; from Classical Latin prae-, before (see pre-) plush decessor, retiring officer ; from decessus, past participle of decedere, to go away, depart ; from de-, from plush cedere, to go: see cede
predecessor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- Archaic An ancestor; a forebear.
Origin: Middle English predecessoure, from Old French predecesseur, from Late Latin praedēcessor : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dēcessor, a retiring magistrate (from dēcessus, past participle of dēcēdere, to depart : dē-, away; see de- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots).