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Noun: predecessor  'pree-du,se-su(r) or 'pre-du,se-su(r)
  1. One who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
  2. Something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
    - harbinger, forerunner, herald, precursor

Derived forms: predecessors

Type of: forerunner, indicant, indication, precursor

Encyclopedia: Predecessor