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PREDECESSOR. One who has preceded another.
     2. This term is applied in particular to corporators who are now no longer such, and whose rights have been vested in their successor; the word ancestor is more usually applicable to common persons. The predecessor in a corporation stands in the same relation to the successor, that the ancestor does to the heir.
     3. The term predecessor is also used to designate one who has filled an office or station before the present incumbent.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Fish and Wildlife Service is a forester, a northeasterner, a nonhunter, and a woman--factors that distinguish her from her predecessors and unnerve those comfortable with the status quo.
7 that its predecessor, the Veterans Administration, conducted numerous human radiation studies in special laboratories and, according to a 1952 memo, ran a secret Atomic Medicine Division.
If many of these interpretations are familiar, it is at least in part because Jones's work over more than a decade has helped make them so; at times, though, one has the sense that the author, in his repeated attacks on myths, old paradigms, and misguided predecessors (generally unnamed) is battering at straw men.
Under this method, the predecessor must report the interest paid during the pre-acquisition period and the successor must separately report any post-acquisition payments it made.
By not spending quality time and resources on the project to denigrate his predecessor, Akeredolu was able to settle down to governance immediately after he was sworn in and the fruits are already visible .
Meanwhile, his predecessor, Faeldon, was also caught in a 'shabu' smuggling scandal after P6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs were seized by the customs agency last year.
It is not yet known if the company will also vertically stack the two sensors, or leave it horizontal like its predecessor.
He was appearing before the lawmakers to disclose his role in the firm, which is under strong criticism for obtaining data from Facebook users without their knowledge.Mr Wylie said that when he joined Cambridge in 2012 he did not know the name of his predecessor or what happened to him.
New Delhi [India], Aug 16 ( ANI ): Sohail Mahmood on Wednesday assumed his charge as the Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, after his predecessor Abdul Basit announced retirement before his tenure was scheduled to end
Revenue of USD27.5m were collected for the period from 1 October 2015 to 6 November 2015 for the predecessor company, a decline over revenue of USD32.4m for the period from 6 November 2015 to 31 December 2015 for the successor company.
HTC One 2 is expected to be powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU, while its predecessor is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core.
Similarly, Aitezaz Ahmed Goraya, who was also awaiting posting orders, has been posted as the SP Headquarter, CCP, Quetta while his predecessor, Ali Javed Anwar Malik has been transferred and posted as the SP Legal, CCP Quetta.