Difference between ancestor and predecessor

ancestor

Definitions

noun

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Examples

Ray was knocking them down one by one, unlike his tragic ancestor who only knocked himself down.

An Iron Ancestor is a reanimated and iron - forged dead body possessed by a ghost.

This is not by any means the only instance of financial incompetence on the part of our various Scottish ancestors, nor indeed of the tendency to resort to violence, and those patterns offer surprisingly little reassurance from the genetic standpoint.

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predecessor

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noun

  1. one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
  2. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

Examples

She probably didn't appreciate that the master was without jurisdiction to make that order since her predecessor had obtained it.

Modern soldiers are far less responsive to shouting than their predecessors.

Even the chief civil authority of the town was deterred from sallying forth by a remembrance of a predecessor in the provostship who had been buried in a stable mixen all but his head, to the detriment of his clothes and the still greater and more lasting hurt to his dignity.

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