The etymology from predecessor it refers us to late Latin, more precisely to the word praedecessor. This is called who, in a position or position, preceded another .
A predecessor, therefore, is someone who was before another person in a given position . In this context, the one who arrived later can be called successor .
Take the case of the presidency of the United States . At present, the president is Donald Trump who assumed in January 2017 . Previously, the president was Barack Obama , in charge of executive power American between 2009 and beginnings of 2017 . It can be said that Barack Obama was the predecessor of Donald Trump ; or what Donald Trump was the successor of Barack Obama .
We can easily understand what the notion of predecessor refers to if we review the history of a sports team and their trainers. Let's see what happens with San Antonio Spurs , one of the most successful franchises of the NBA . In 1996 , the main coach was Bob hill . The bad results led managers to fire him and appoint his replacement Gregg Popovich , a man who is still in office. The predecessor of Popovich It was Bob hill , as Hill developed the functions that, after his dismissal, began to fulfill Popovich .
It is important to keep in mind that the predecessor nickname depends on the specific context. Picking up the first example , Obama was the predecessor of Trump but not of George W. Bush neither of Bill clinton . George W. Bush , in turn, was the successor of Clinton and the predecessor of Obama .