predecessor

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noun pre·de·ces·sor \ˈpre-də-ˌse-sər, ˈprē-; ˌpre-də-ˈ, ˌprē-\

Definition of predecessor

  1. 1 :  one that precedes; especially :  a person who has previously occupied a position or office to which another has succeeded

  2. 2 archaic :  ancestor

Examples of predecessor in a Sentence

  1. Today's computers are much faster than their predecessors were.

  2. the once-ubiquitous typewriter was the predecessor of today's electronic keyboard

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Origin and Etymology of predecessor

Middle English predecessour, from Anglo-French predecessur, from Late Latin praedecessor, from Latin prae- pre- + decessor retiring governor, from decedere to depart, retire from office — more at decease


PREDECESSOR Defined for English Language Learners

predecessor

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Definition of predecessor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who had a job or position before someone else

  • : something that comes before something else


PREDECESSOR Defined for Kids

predecessor

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noun pre·de·ces·sor \ˈpre-də-ˌse-sər, ˈprē-\

Definition of predecessor for Students

  1. :  a person who held a job or position before someone else



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