2. [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.
A prince who was as watchful as his predecessor had
been over the interests of the state. --Prescott.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or
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,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
The ancestor node in a tree that
points to the current node (one of its child nodes).
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.