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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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This delay represents for Falco a genealogical "back formation": Spenser had to wait several years after Sidney's death to create him as his own forebear - one whom he both praised in "Astrophel" (1595) and criticized for wasting his talents (and life) in military action.
The two both served in the forebear regiments of the King's Royal Hussars.
His claim to be the sole inventor of Cubism is certainly exaggerated, but what are we to make of his claim on El Greco as aesthetic forebear?
It's also about the intoxication of New York summer streets, friendships that revolve around an obsessive sharing of everything (music, single beds, sex confessions), and the ability of post-grrrl punk-pop to liberate a young woman's heart and loins (with a big nod to Patti Smith as key forebear).
Not surprisingly, George Clinton is G-Funk's forebear of choice; his intergalactic freakiness is preferred to James Brown's tell-it-like-it-is soul realism, which presided over New School hip-hop.
The only relief to my chagrin is the reflection that at least I mistakenly identified Professor Sheldon with a forebear of such eminence and happy memory.
A quarter of the original's size, this second-generation model has been recast purely as a media streamer with the built-in hard drive of its forebear dropped.
SCIENTISTS URGED TO DIG FOR SPECIMENS OF PEKING MAN--Give up the loss of the bones of ancient Peking Man, one of man's earliest ancestors, as a perfect crime, and start digging for new specimens of this Pleistocene forebear. This is the advice to anthropologists contained in Science (March 27).
Longer, lighter and faster than its forebear, the latest TT is a mix of aluminium and steel, giving a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 157 for the four-wheel-drive, 3.2 V6.
An obvious forebear, Mullican successfully pursued the fusion of spirituality and modernism at a time when the idea had a number of other proponents--Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Gordon Onslow Ford, and later Jay DeFeo among them.
Speaking several years ago at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, which he cofounded at the Wilson Center (and named for a forebear who explored Russia), Ambassador Kennan said this: "The Russians are very impressed when somebody abroad shows a knowledge of their culture.
Unlike their most obvious Las Vegas forebear, Liberace, they have never sued anyone to prove their heterosexuality.