A predecessor, as in office
The definition of a herald is a messenger or announcer.
A person sent before or going before to announce or prepare the way for another or for something to follow; herald
A person or thing that comes before to announce or give an indication of what follows; herald
The definition of an ancestor is a person or creature from whom one is descended or who lived in the past, or a person who came before.
A mother or father
An adoptive father
An ancestor (antonym of descendant)
The definition of a successor is a person or thing that comes after another.
A person who is an offspring, however remote, of a certain ancestor, family, group, etc.
One's relatives or family:
Find another word for predecessors. In this page you can discover 17 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for predecessors, like: precursors, heralds, forerunners, harbingers, forefathers, forebears, ancestors, antecedents, progenitors, parents and mothers.