Definition of predecessor in English:
- In this context comparisons to his great predecessor in office do not seem to me absurd.
- Watching it all will be his predecessor, currently holed up in Australia, unable to get back home.
- When I started this job my predecessor left me a guide which I referred to constantly for the first few weeks.
- The road bridge was built over the town's railway line to replace its predecessor, because of safety concerns.
- In this context, such systems will inevitably replace their paper based predecessors.
- It is crowned with a stone shell keep of about 1300, which replaced a timber predecessor.
Late Middle English: from late Latin praedecessor, from Latin prae 'beforehand' + decessor 'retiring officer' (from decedere 'depart').
cede from early 16th century:
Cede is from French céder or Latin cedere ‘to yield, give way, go’. Cedere is a rich source of English words including abscess (mid 16th century) ‘going away’ (of the infection when it bursts); access [Middle English] ‘go to’; ancestor (Middle English) someone who went ante ‘before’; antecedent (Late Middle English) from the same base as ancestor; cease (Middle English); concede (Late Middle English) to give way completely; decease (Middle English) ‘go away’; exceed (Late Middle English) to go beyond a boundary; intercede (late 16th century) go between; predecessor (Late Middle English) one who went away before; proceed (Late Middle English) to go forward; recede (Late Middle English) ‘go back’; and succeed (Late Middle English) ‘come close after’.
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