The word predecessor is derived from the french predecesseor for 'forebear'.


The word predecessor is derived from the French predecesseor for 'forebear' but it can also trace its origins from the Latin term prae meaning 'before' and decessor meaning 'retiring official'.

Hence we use the word predecessor when referring to someone who had a job or a position before someone else.

This term may be used in the context of land law and put simply means a previous owner. The title of a predecessor can be important because ownership of land may need to be established by tracing the title through a previous owner or predecessor. Legal title to land can arise in a number of ways. A predecessor therefore may be someone who has sold, bequeathed, established a trust of land or a mortgagee who has enforced their charge on land and exercised their power of sale.

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