pred·e·ces·sor (prĕdĭ-sĕs′ər, prēdĭ-)
1. One who precedes another in time, especially in holding an office or position.
2. Something that has been succeeded by another: The new building is more spacious than its predecessor.
3. An ancestor; a forebear.
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