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ancestor

noun ascendant, auctor generis, auctor gentis, forebear, forefather, foregoer, forerunner, genitor, grandsire, parent, patriarch, precursor, predecessor, procreator, progenitor
Associated concepts: ancestral estate, ancestral property, descendant, immediate ancestor, inheritance, lineal ancessor, maternal ancestor, paternal ancestor
See also: ascendant, derivation, forerunner, kindred, parents, precursor, predecessor, primogenitor, progenitor

ANCESTOR, descents. One who has preceded another in a direct line of descent; an ascendant. In the common law, the word is understood as well of the immediate parents, as, of these that are higher; as may appear by the statute 25 Ed. III. De natis ultra mare, and so in the statute of 6 R. III. cap. 6, and by many others. But the civilians relations in the ascending line, up to the great grandfather's parents, and those above them, they term, majores, which common lawyers aptly expound antecessors or ancestors, for in the descendants of like degree they are called posteriores. Cary's Litt.45. The term ancestor is applied to natural persons. The words predecessors and successors, are used in respect to the persons composing a body corporate. See 2 Bl. Com. 209; Bac. Abr. h.t.; Ayl. Pand. 58.

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We have a common ancestor way back, but I'm not descended from him.
she discusses in several places without mentioning Griffin's central point about the role of the ancestor in the individual's overcoming the terror of the South, an idea that Wardi applies with convincing detail in her study, especially in her discussion of Song of Solomon.
They belonged to a human ancestor known as Homo erectus.
An individual cannot be considered a common ancestor if, on the "applicable date," the individual is more than six generations removed from the youngest generation of shareholders who would otherwise be family members.
If you ask an African American where they got their last name from, and if she's heard tales, she will not mention a onetime slaveholder but a slaveholding ancestor.
Transitioning between the present day story of a young woman and the discovered journal of her ancestor, penned in colonial-era New England, Memoirs of a Shape Shifter follows both the modern woman's struggles with the crises in her life, and her ancestor's struggles.
He added: "Trafalgar Ancestors offers those interested in family history the chance of finding if an ancestor may have served in Nelson's fleet.
After three centuries of very painful, terrible controversies ancestor worship has become again something that Asian Catholics can practice.
During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), lineage formation percolated further down the social hierarchy; new lineages constructed ancestral halls that were open to all descendants in theory--but in actuality, often charging for the privilege of installing an ancestor tablet in the hall.
Also, the descent of all nations from one human ancestor is denied, as are also both the original sin of that ancestor and its consequences, death, suffering and man's inclination towards evil.
The objective of this study is to quantify the genetic base of Japanese soybean cultivars registered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries between 1950 to 1988 by determining (i) the genetic contribution of each ancestor to the genetic base of Japanese soybean cultivars using CP analysis; (ii) the relative genetic diversity and relatedness of three major growing regions of Japan; (iii) the changes in the genetic base of Japanese cultivars over time; and (iv) the genetic structure of the Japanese base in comparison to those of the US-CAN and China.
Then there's the tiny size of the phones themselves--more appropriate to a lemur or some other remote primate ancestor than to full-grown Homo sapiens.