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From Latin antecessor. Doublet of ancestor.


antecessor (plural antecessors)

  1. (now rare) A person or thing that precedes or goes before.[1]
    Synonyms: precursor, predecessor
    Antonym: successor
    • 1671, Joseph Glanvill, A Præfatory Answer to Mr. Henry Stubbe, London: J. Collins, p. 57,[3]
      [] the Waldenses[,] Antecessors of the Protestants
    • 1810, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Notes on a Barrister’s Hints on Evangelical Preaching” in Henry Nelson Coleridge (ed.), The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, London: W. Pickering, 1839, p. 343,[4]
      Yet who says, I have faith in the existence of George II., as his present Majesty’s antecessor and grandfather?
    • 1890, Grant Allen, The Great Taboo, London: Chatto & Windus, Chapter 23, p. 209,[5]
      This, then, is their horrid counsel and device—that each one of their gods should kill his antecessor.
    • 1994, Thomas Cleary, The Human Element: A Course in Resourceful Thinking, Boston: Shambhala, Introduction, pp. 14-15,[6]
      The Book of Change in the general form it is known today [sic] is approximately three thousand years old. It is the third in a series of such texts, its antecessors supposed by some scholars to have been composed six and twelve hundred years earlier.
  2. (now rare) A person from whom one is descended.[2]
    Synonym: ancestor
    Antonym: descendant
    • 1547, Arthur Kelton, A chronycle with a genealogie declaryng that the Brittons and Welshemen are linealiye dyscended from Brute, London: Richard Grafton,[7]
      [] some, hath iudged wrongfully
      As in reproche, of our country
      Deniyng playne, moste noble Brute
      Our antecessor our stocke and our frute.
    • 1614, Thomas Wilson, A Commentarie upon the Most Divine Epistle of S. Paul to the Romanes, London, Chapter 11, Dialogue 13, p. 926,[8]
      [] promises made to Abraham, and to other antecessors of the Iewes,
    • 1992, Lynne Bowen, Muddling Through: The Remarkable Story of the Barr Colonists, Vancouver: Douglas & MacIntyre, Chapter 1, p. 5,[9]
      At his mother’s knee he had heard of the exploits of her family, which boasted among its antecessors a surgeon on Nelson’s ship at Trafalgar.


  1. ^ Ephraim Chambers, Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, London: James and John Knapton, 1728, Volume 1, p. 106: “ANTECESSOR, one that goes before, or leads another. [] The Term is particularly used in some Universities for a Professor, who teaches, or lectures the Civil Law.”[1]
  2. ^ Elisha Coles, An English Dictionary, London: Peter Parker, 1677: “Antecessours, [] Fore-fathers.”[2]




antecessor m (plural antecessors, feminine antecessora)

  1. predecessor

Related terms[edit]



From ante- (before) +‎ cēdō (go) +‎ -tor (agentive suffix).



antecessor m (genitive antecessōris); third declension

  1. predecessor
  2. vanguard, scout


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative antecessor antecessōrēs
Genitive antecessōris antecessōrum
Dative antecessōrī antecessōribus
Accusative antecessōrem antecessōrēs
Ablative antecessōre antecessōribus
Vocative antecessor antecessōrēs


  • English: antecessor
  • French: antécesseur
  • Italian: antecessore




From Latin antecessor.


antecessor m (plural antecessores, feminine antecessora, feminine plural antecessoras)

  1. predecessor (one who precedes)
    Synonym: predecessor