A term used in *DB, synonymous with 'predecessor'. It usually indicated a person who held land before the Conquest, i.e. those in possession TRE, whose land had been granted to a Norman by William I. The process of grants of land to new landlords was methodical and slow; dispossession did not take place overnight.

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  • Antecessor — An te*ces sor, n. [L., fr. antecedere, antecessum. See {Antecede}, {Ancestor}.] 1. One who goes before; a predecessor. [1913 Webster] The successor seldom prosecuting his antecessor s devices. Sir E. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. An ancestor; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antecessor — [an′tə ses΄ər] n. [ME antecessour < L antecessor < pp. of antecedere, ANTECEDE] Rare a predecessor …   English World dictionary

  • Antecessor — (lat.), Vorgänger, Amtsvorfahr; zur Zeit des Kaisers Justinian auch Bezeichnung für die Rechtslehrer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Antecessor — Antecessor, der Vorgänger im Amte; früher so viel als Anwalt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • antecessor — index forerunner, predecessor, progenitor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ANTECESSOR — Graece Α᾿ντικην´σωρ, Tertulliano Spiritus S. dicitur l. de Virgine vel. Non enim ab se loquitur, sed quia mandatur a Christo. Hic solus Anteceslor, qui solus post Christum. Eidem Antecessores alibi Apostoli dicuntur: voce a Romanis mutuatâ, apud… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • antecessor — |ô| s. m. 1. Aquele que antecede alguém (numa função, num emprego, etc.). 2. Antepassado. • antecessores s. m. pl. 3. Antepassados …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • antecessor — noun Etymology: Middle English antecessour, from Latin antecessor more at ancestor Date: 14th century one that goes before ; predecessor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antecessor — /an teuh ses euhr/, n. a person who goes before; predecessor. [1375 1425; late ME antecessour ( < MF) < L antecessor he who goes before, a predecessor, equiv. to anteced , var. s. of antecedere (see ANTECEDE) + tor TOR; cf. ANCESTOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • antecessor — an•te•ces•sor [[t]ˌæn təˈsɛs ər[/t]] n. a predecessor • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME (< MF) < L antecessor a predecessor =anteced , var. s. of antecēdere (see antecede) + tor tor; cf. ancestor …   From formal English to slang

  • antecessor — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌsesə(r), ntēˌ noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English antecessour, from Latin antecessor more at ancestor 1. : one that goes before (as in office or the possession of property) : previous incumbent or owner : predeces …   Useful english dictionary

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