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Someone who held a position prior to the current holder
“The new manager wasted no time in restructuring the processes put in place by his predecessor.”
An earlier model
“The latest iPhone has a longer battery life than its predecessor.”
An ancestor
“Your great-grandfather was our first predecessor who moved to this country.”
Something preceding and indicating the approach of something or someone
“His frankness is a predecessor of greater honesty to come.”
A woman in relation to her child or children
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