noun Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century 1. one that precedes; especially a person who has previously occupied a position or office to which another has succeeded 2. archaic ancestor

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  • predecessor — pre‧de‧ces‧sor [ˈpriːdsesə ǁ ˈpredsesər] noun [countable] formal 1. a person who was in a particular post or job before the person who is doing it now: • Problems he inherited from his predecessor led to the bank s later troubles. 2. a machine …   Financial and business terms

  • Predecessor — Pred e*ces sor (?; 277), n. [L. praedecessor; prae before + decessor one who withdraws from the province he has governed, a retiring officer (with reference to his successor), a predecessor, fr. decedere: cf. F. pr[ e]d[ e]cesseur. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • predecessor — I noun ancestor, antecedent, antecessor, elder, forebearer, forefather, foregoer, foreparent, forerunner, former incumbent, former officeholder, founder, originator, patriarch, precursor, procreator, progenitor II index ancestor, ascendant,… …   Law dictionary

  • predecessor — (n.) late 14c., one who has held an office or position before the present holder, from L.L. praedecessorem (nom. praedecessor), c.420, from L. prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + decessor retiring official, from decess , pp. stem of decedere go… …   Etymology dictionary

  • predecessor — |ô| s. m. Antecessor …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • predecessor — [n] something, someone that comes before ancestor, antecedent, antecessor, forebear, foregoer, forerunner, former, precursor, previous, prior, prototype; concepts 414,828 Ant. derivative, descendant, successor …   New thesaurus

  • predecessor — ► NOUN 1) a person who held a job or office before the current holder. 2) a thing that has been followed or replaced by another. ORIGIN Latin praedecessor, from prae beforehand + decessor retiring officer …   English terms dictionary

  • predecessor — [pred′ə ses΄ər, prē′dəses′ər; pred΄ə ses′ər] n. [ME predecessour < MFr predecesseur < LL praedecessor < L prae , before (see PRE ) + decessor, retiring officer < decessus, pp. of decedere, to go away, depart < de , from + cedere,… …   English World dictionary

  • predecessor — [[t]pri͟ːdɪsesə(r), AM pre̱d [/t]] predecessors 1) N COUNT: usu poss N Your predecessor is the person who had your job before you. He maintained that he learned everything he knew from his predecessor Kenneth Sisam. 2) N COUNT: usu with poss The… …   English dictionary

  • predecessor — n. smb. s immediate predecessor * * * [ priːdɪsesə] s immediate predecessor smb …   Combinatory dictionary

  • predecessor — pre|de|ces|sor [ˈpri:dısesə US ˈpredısesər] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: prédécesseur, from Late Latin, from Latin decedere to go away, leave your job ] 1.) someone who had your job before you started doing it ≠ ↑successor ▪ Kennedy s… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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