• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antecessor An ancestor; a progenitor.
    • Antecessor One who goes before; a predecessor. "The successor seldom prosecuting his antecessor's devices."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antecessor One who goes before; a predecessor.
    • n antecessor A title given among the Romans— to the soldiers who preceded an army and made all necessary arrangements as to camping, supplies, the scouting service, etc.; under the later empire, to professors of civil law in the public schools.
    • n antecessor In law, an ancestor; a predecessor; one who possessed certain land before the present possessor or holder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antecessor an-te-ses′sor (rare) a predecessor.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. antecedere, antecessum,. See Antecede Ancestor


In literature:

On the other hand, Julian, antecessor of Constantinople, (A.D. 570,) cxx.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 5" by Edward Gibbon
No one was so rude as your ascetic antecessor.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Then a fuller draft was drawn out, also in 1596, correcting "antecessors" into "grandfather.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
But if you are to prefer the style of the antecessors, other conditions must come in.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 355, May 1845" by Various
Lethram, sicut antecessores sui, saepissime moratus est.
"Beowulf" by R. W. Chambers
Et dicit quod qualitercunque iidem homines asserant se et antecessores suos tenentes, etc.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
Curas, mis antecessores, y yo, hemos procurado organizarlas de nuevo, pero es moralmente impossible.
"The Güegüence; A Comedy Ballet in the Nahuatl-Spanish Dialect of Nicaragua" by Daniel G. Brinton