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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: predecessor /ˈpriːdɪˌsesə(r)/ 
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singularpredecessor
pluralpredecessors

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  1. 1
    the person who had a job or official position before someone else

    Algood seems to have learned nothing from the faults of his predecessors.

  2. 2
    something that has been replaced by another thing

    The scheme, like its two predecessors, had little chance to prove itself.

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