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antecessor

[an-tuh-ses-er] /ˌæn təˈsɛs ər/
noun
1.
a person who goes before; predecessor.
Origin of antecessor
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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  • But we may especially note the epithet by which the witches are said to have first appealed to the Devil—antecessor.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • No one of these five sokemen belonged to his antecessor Wigot; every one of them might sell his land.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • We read a good deal of men who were sub-commended to the antecessor of Robert Malet.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • The grantee stepped exactly into the place of the antecessor; he inherited all his rights and all his burthens.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • He inherited therewith any disputes as to the extent of the lands of the antecessor or as to the nature of his tenure.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • But the grantee often took possession of the whole of the land held by the antecessor, as if it were all alike his own.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman

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