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Definition of "predecessor" []

  • One who precedes another in time, especially in holding an office or position. (noun)
  • Something that has been succeeded by another: The new building is more spacious than its predecessor. (noun)
  • Archaic An ancestor; a forebear. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "predecessor" in a sentence
  • "As Steven writes, your predecessor is a key built-in resource for inquiring about your new-found responsibilities."
  • "Another important distinction with his predecessor is about their attitudes towards welfare."
  • "Greenpeace is urging Mr Dudley to take the company in a new direction after what it calls his predecessor's "obsession with high-risk, environmentally reckless sources of oil"."