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pred·e·ces·sor  audio  (prd-ssr, prd-) KEY 

NOUN:
  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. Archaic An ancestor; a forebear.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English predecessoure, from Old French predecesseur, from Late Latin praedcessor : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dcessor, a retiring magistrate (from dcessus, past participle of dcdere, to depart : d-, away; see de- + cdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots)


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