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Definition one who precedes another in time — such as the previous mayor relative to the current mayor
  • Wear this more wisely than did your predecessor.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • I will endeavor to do a better job than my predecessor.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • This — along with the untimely arrival of my charming predecessor — was going to make my job a little more difficult.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • At length, just before my departure, he told me he had, on better consideration, concluded not to mix his accounts with those of his predecessors.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He thought he was privileged, but we were only using him to trap his predecessor, unearthed by our man in Special Branch.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • But most of all, I have learned here from this river and from my predecessor, the ferryman Vasudeva.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Other transports come bringing men to deal with their predecessors.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Like all my spiritual predecessors.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • See there, Rider Eragon, where my predecessors sit upon their graven thrones.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He was in constant touch with his future predecessor and received long weekly letters of guidance from him.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • I'm a theologian and my predecessor, Luther, took the side of the princes and plutocrats against the peasants.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He had accepted his predecessor's count and now the count was short — and the other officer was not merely gone, he was dead.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • _" "Thy predecessor the famous Judas Iscariot hanged himself," Pilar said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Heaven can I lock and unlock, as thou knowest; for two are the keys that my predecessor held not dear.'
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • Will you deign to bestow your blessing upon Orik, Thrifk's son, and to crown him in the tradition of his predecessors?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • In place of the rich robes of his predecessors, he wore a shapeless tunic of undyed wool that fell down to his ankles.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • "Weren't some of the popes—of course, not our present man, or his predecessor, but some of the old popes—not exactly.... you know.... up to the knocker?"
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • When Star became Empress she had barely started the second half of her training, having had imprinted in her only seven of her predecessors.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • As he confided to Abigail, he wanted few if any of the "court" trappings of his predecessor.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The failures of your predecessors will guide you.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena

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