PREDECESSOR. One who has preceded another.
2. This term is applied in particular to corporators who are now no
longer such, and whose rights have been vested in their successor; the word
ancestor is more usually applicable to common persons. The predecessor in a
corporation stands in the same relation to the successor, that the ancestor
does to the heir.
3. The term predecessor is also used to designate one who has filled an
office or station before the present incumbent.
, front runner
, lead runner
, stormy petrel