Definition of predecessor
1 : one that precedes; especially : a person who has previously occupied a position or office to which another has succeeded
2 archaic : ancestor
Examples of predecessor in a Sentence
Today's computers are much faster than their predecessors were.
the once-ubiquitous typewriter was the predecessor of today's electronic keyboard
Recent Examples of predecessor from the Web
In that way, Bohannon will be quite different than his fiery predecessor Greg Goff, who was canned after the Crimson Tide went 19-34-1 and finished in last place in the Southeastern Conference during his only season in charge of the program.
And President Obama, like many of his predecessors since the Cold War, had demanded NATO member states pay more for joint defense.
His predecessor firm, SAC Capital Advisors, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 2013, and agreed to pay a record $1.8 billion fine and convert to a family office.
Elliott’s predecessor and recent boss, Jan Goldsmith, had advised the City Council that the current code is vague and would need to be clarified if rentals such as those listed through Airbnb were to be prohibited.
Though such statements are commonplace among American presidents, Trump’s remarks took on a markedly different tone than did those of his predecessors.
Yes, the Seawolfs were better than their predecessors.
A new generation of Magnum photographers is trying, and its members embrace a more artistic and individual language than that of their predecessors.
Yet Moore's moment came in easier times than Connery's—his predecessor's '60s world was a harder, grimmer, grittier Britain still living with the aftermath of World War II.
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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
First Known Use: 14th century
PREDECESSOR Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of predecessor for Students
: a person who held a job or position before someone else
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