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antecessor

[an-tuh-ses-er] /ˌæn təˈsɛs ər/
noun
1.
a person who goes before; predecessor.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English antecessour (< Middle French) < Latin antecessor he who goes before, a predecessor, equivalent to anteced-, variant stem of antecēdere (see antecede) + -tor -tor; cf. ancestor
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