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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’
former holder of the post, previous holder of the post, forerunner, precursor, antecedentView synonyms
- ‘As such, she may be given the second chance denied to her predecessors.’
- ‘In this context comparisons to his great predecessor in office do not seem to me absurd.’
- ‘I also found out that my female predecessors were of pioneering stock.’
- ‘Very few composers in this period have wasted time in crowing over the internal contradictions of their predecessors.’
- ‘When I started this job my predecessor left me a guide which I referred to constantly for the first few weeks.’
- ‘Her predecessor had apparently turned her office into a cosy front room, complete with a fireplace.’
- ‘However, the manner in which his predecessors vacated the manager's office has left a bitter taste in some quarters.’
- ‘Some might say the big screen, as much as anything else, contributed to his predecessor's downfall.’
- ‘Our predecessors, as journalists and readers, were far less squeamish.’
- ‘Watching it all will be his predecessor, currently holed up in Australia, unable to get back home.’
- ‘Just over three years ago, one of Father Marvin's predecessors was assaulted by a woman demanding money.’
- ‘Harrigan's predecessors helped establish corporate governance as a force for change.’
- ‘Unlike the majority of their predecessors, the officials were on the whole rather fair.’
- ‘Goldie provides an interesting contrast with her predecessor when it comes to people skills.’
- ‘If they are as harsh in judging us as we are in judging our predecessors, then we will certainly be condemned.’
- ‘Critics say he is more militant than his predecessor.’
- ‘Yes, the current York City chairman and his predecessor are very different men.’
- 1.1 A thing that has been followed or replaced by another:‘the chapel was built in 1864 on the site of its predecessor’
- ‘Sadly this current production is unlikely to follow in it's predecessor's footsteps.’
- ‘During this time the temple was rebuilt following the demolition of its predecessor.’
- ‘China has been negotiating for 15 years to join the 141-nation WTO and its predecessor organization.’
- ‘The interior is a significant improvement over its predecessor in terms of overall design.’
- ‘The old pavilion had been knocked down to be replaced by a new structure in the style of its predecessor.’
- ‘The Life of Pi seems to have as many literary predecessors as India has religions.’
- ‘Two years ago, the Competition Authority decided to take up where its predecessor left off.’
- ‘The road bridge was built over the town's railway line to replace its predecessor, because of safety concerns.’
- ‘It is crowned with a stone shell keep of about 1300, which replaced a timber predecessor.’
- ‘However, as with its famous predecessor Napster, downloading music from the site is illegal.’
- ‘In this context, such systems will inevitably replace their paper based predecessors.’
- ‘I have not doubt this one will outsell its predecessor.’
- ‘The government has followed the path of its predecessor by forgetting it's role in an actual democracy.’
- ‘The replacement machine is about a quarter smaller than its predecessor and cheaper.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin praedecessor, from Latin prae beforehand + decessor retiring officer (from decedere depart).
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