Definition of predecessor in English:

predecessor

Syllabification: pred·e·ces·sor
Pronunciation: /ˈpredəˌsesər, ˈprē-
 
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noun

  • 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 predecessor
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1A thing that has been followed or replaced by another: the chapel was built in 1864 on the site of its predecessor
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin praedecessor, from Latin prae 'beforehand' + decessor 'retiring officer' (from decedere 'depart').

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