Predecessor meaning

prĕd'ĭ-sĕs'ər, prē'dĭ-
A person who precedes or preceded another, as in office.
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A thing followed or replaced by another thing, as in use.
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An ancestor; forefather.
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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.
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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 Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.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.

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(mathematics) A vertex having a directed path to another vertex.
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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.

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One who precedes another in time, especially in holding an office or position.
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Something that has been succeeded by another.

The new building is more spacious than its predecessor.

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An ancestor; a forebear.
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Origin of predecessor

  • 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 de–) (cēdere to go ked- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin prae (“before") + decedo (“go away").
    From Wiktionary