Meaning of predecessor

pred•e•ces•sor

Pronunciation: (pred'u-ses"ur, pred"u-ses'ur or, esp. Brit., prē'du-ses"ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who precedes another in an office, position, etc.
  2. something succeeded or replaced by something else: The new monument in the park is more beautiful than its predecessor.
  3. an ancestor; forefather.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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