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I've completely forgotten the word you say when someone had your job or something before you, and then you took over.

I'm trying to write a History Essay and my sentence is

The legacy of German's defeat in World War One hung in the air for years after Hitler's ______'s signed the Treaty Of Versailles

I keep thinking its something like oppressor or something but I'm stuck.

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Are you looking for predecessor? – Autoresponder Jun 15 '14 at 9:25
I am not a native English speaker, so this is question for people who are more fluent than me: Is the wort antecedent used in different meaning? – Martin Jun 16 '14 at 12:43
@Martin: yes, it does have a different meaning. Antecedent can mean 'ancestor' though not the normal meaning; but that is as close as it comes. – TimLymington Jun 16 '14 at 13:56

Predecessor: A person who held a job or office before the current holder.

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With respect to the office:

Prepossessor n. One who possesses, or occupies, previously. --R. Brady.

With respect to the person:

Antecessor a person who goes before; predecessor.

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Wouldn't Hitler's prepossessor be a person who previously possessed Hitler? That doesn't seem to be what the asker wants. – Nate Eldredge Jun 15 '14 at 16:56
hmm, isn't a preposessor the reverse of a repossessor? Sounds more like something for exorcists... – jwenting Jun 16 '14 at 9:36
I agree with @NateEldredge you would write "...Germany's Prepossessor..." otherwise you are implying it's the person who previously possessed Hitler. my $.02 – MVCylon Jun 16 '14 at 14:16

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