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
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Obama's office served as a means to recreate and expand on the one launched by his Democratic predecessor.
Like its predecessors, the sale prompted stark opposition from China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.
The new generation of architects, Lee said, has a different attitude toward history than its predecessors: The past should not be rejected outright, as was the case with the sleek abstraction of the International Style.
Trump has a number of advantages that could help him succeed where a string of predecessors have failed.
But on Sunday night, Fear ripped a page out of its predecessor’s book, dedicating a full capsule episode to Daniel Salazar—who, as viewers found out last week, apparently survived the fire at Celia’s compound that seemed to kill him off last season.
Like his predecessors, Obama receives an annual pension to perform any public duties expected of a former president, but pays for his own living expenses.
Upon deploying to similar terrain in Afghanistan, some soldiers rediscovered the modifications made by their predecessors.
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Origin and Etymology of predecessor
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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