a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.
something succeeded or replaced by something else:
The new monument in the park is more beautiful than its predecessor.
Archaic. an ancestor; forefather.
Origin 1250–1300;Middle Englishpredecessour < Anglo-French < Late Latinpraedēcessor, equivalent to Latinprae-pre- + dēcessor retiring official, itself equivalent to dēced-, variant stem of dēcēdere to withdraw (dē-de- + cēdere to yield; see cede) + -tor-tor, with dt > ss
a person who precedes another, as in an office
something that precedes something else
an ancestor; forefather
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin praedēcessor, from prae before + dēcēdere to go away, from dē away + cēdere to go]