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 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.)
- 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 Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.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").