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Definitionone who precedes another in time — such as the previous mayor relative to the current mayor
- Now it was that the lucubrations of my ancient predecessor, Mr. Surveyor Pue, came into play.Introductory (96% in)
- Nothing, if I rightly call to mind, was left of my respected predecessor, save an imperfect skeleton, and some fragments of apparel, and a wig of majestic frizzle, which, unlike the head that it once adorned, was in very satisfactory preservation.Introductory (64% in)
- But I charge you, in this matter of old Mistress Prynne, give to your predecessor's memory the credit which will be rightfully due" And I said to the ghost of Mr. Surveyor Pue—"I will".Introductory (73% in)
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