The definition of a predecessor is someone who came before another person.(noun)
An example of a predecessor is the person who had your job before you were hired.
See predecessor in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME predecessour < MFr predecesseur < LL praedecessor < L prae-, before (see pre-) + decessor, retiring officer < decessus, pp. of decedere, to go away, depart < de-, from + cedere, to go: see cede
See predecessor in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English predecessoure
Origin: , from Old French predecesseur
Origin: , from Late Latin praedēcessor
Origin: : Latin prae-, pre-
Origin: + 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).
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