- 1A person who held a job or office before the current holder: the new President’s foreign policy is very similar to that of his predecessorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A thing that has been followed or replaced by another: the chapel was built in 1864 on the site of its predecessorMore example sentences
- 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').