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predecessor (noun) person earlier in a job than another
A predecessor precedes another person in a post or a position. Bill Clinton is the predecessor of George Bush, that is, Bill Clinton had been the president of the US before George Bush took over as the president. A person who has held a position before another person is the second personís predecessor. The earlier vice chancellor of a university is the predecessor of the one who takes over from him as the next vice chancellor.
- Every one criticized him for changing the policies laid down by his predecessor, but he went ahead with the changes as he felt that the company had not faced the problems when the man before him was in charge.
- As the new CEO of the company she had to face all the problems left behind by her predecessor. The one who had held the post earlier was very lenient to the subordinates, and when she took over she found them to be undisciplined.