predecessor

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 predecessor — |ô| s. m. Antecessor …

    Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

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

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 predecessor — [14] Etymologically, predecessor is first cousin to decease, but it has never taken on decease’s connotations of ‘dying’. Both go back to Latin dēcēdere ‘go away’ (a compound verb based on cēdere ‘go away’, source of English cede, concede,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 predecessor — noun (C) 1 someone who had your job before you started doing it: The President inherited his economic problems from his predecessor. 2 a machine, system etc that existed before another one in a process of development: The Julian calendar was more …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 predecessor */*/ — UK [ˈpriːdɪˌsesə(r)] / US [ˈpredəˌsesər] noun [countable] Word forms predecessor : singular predecessor plural predecessors 1) the person who had a job or official position before someone else Algood seems to have learned nothing from the faults… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 predecessor — [14] Etymologically, predecessor is first cousin to decease, but it has never taken on decease’s connotations of ‘dying’. Both go back to Latin dēcēdere ‘go away’ (a compound verb based on cēdere ‘go away’, source of English cede, concede,… …

    Word origins

  • 16 predecessor — n. 1 a former holder of an office or position with respect to a later holder (my immediate predecessor). 2 an ancestor. 3 a thing to which another has succeeded (the new plan will share the fate of its predecessor). Etymology: ME f. OF… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 predecessor — /pred euh ses euhr, pred euh ses euhr/ or, esp. Brit., /pree deuh ses euhr/, n. 1. a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc. 2. something succeeded or replaced by something else: The new monument in the park is more beautiful… …

    Universalium

  • 18 predecessor — noun /ˈpriːdɪsɛsɚ,ˈprɛdəsɛsɚ,ˈpriːdəsɛsɚ/ a) 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. Steam engine was the predecessor of diesel and… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 predecessor — Synonyms and related words: ancestor, ancestors, announcer, antecedent, antecedents, ascendants, avant garde, bellwether, buccinator, bushwhacker, elders, explorer, fathers, forebear, forebears, forefather, forefathers, foregoer, forerunner,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 predecessor — noun 1) the senator s predecessor Syn: forerunner, precursor, antecedent Ant: successor 2) our Victorian predecessors Syn: ancestor, forefather, forebear, antecedent …

    Thesaurus of popular words