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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office);

2. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone;
[syn: harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 Decease.] 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. [1913 Webster] A prince who was as watchful as his predecessor had been over the interests of the state. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

predecessor n 1: one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office) 2: something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone [syn: harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

49 Moby Thesaurus words for "predecessor": ancestor, ancestors, announcer, antecedent, antecedents, ascendants, avant-garde, bellwether, buccinator, bushwhacker, elders, explorer, fathers, forebear, forebears, forefather, forefathers, foregoer, forerunner, front runner, frontiersman, fugleman, grandfathers, grandparents, groundbreaker, guide, harbinger, herald, innovator, lead runner, leader, messenger, pathfinder, patriarchs, pioneer, point, precedent, precursor, predecessor, predecessors, progenitors, prototype, scout, stormy petrel, trailblazer, trailbreaker, vanguard, vaunt-courier, voortrekker
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

parent mother predecessor The ancestor node in a tree that points to the current node (one of its child nodes). (2005-09-15)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PREDECESSOR. One who has preceded another. 2. This term is applied in particular to corporators who are now no longer such, and whose rights have been vested in their successor; the word ancestor is more usually applicable to common persons. The predecessor in a corporation stands in the same relation to the successor, that the ancestor does to the heir. 3. The term predecessor is also used to designate one who has filled an office or station before the present incumbent.