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predecessor

noun [C]  /ˈpred·əˌses·ər, ˈpri·də-/ us  
a person who had a job or position before someone else, or a thing that comes before another in time or in a series: My predecessor worked in this job for twelve years. The latest model is faster and sleeker than its predecessors.
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