This is for a relation between two objects that have a parent-children relationship.

In this particular case, I am keeping a list of addresses that belong to users. When one user modifies their address, the system marks the old address as obsolete and creates a new one. My question is how to describe this relationship using one adjective. The nuance that is more important for me is the fact that the old one is obsolete and that the new one replaced it (although it can also be made obsolete by a newer register). I thought some possibilities.

The old address sees the new one as its:

  • Succeeder
  • Subsequent
  • Superseder
  • Replacer
  • Etc.

The new address sees the old one as its:

  • Former
  • Prior
  • Etc.
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    I would say predecessor and successor. – Max Williams Jun 15 '16 at 9:07
  • I thought about that two adjectives, @MaxWilliams, but in my opinion, they indicate that one is after the other but they say nothing about the fact that one replaces the other. – Daniel Jun 15 '16 at 9:12
  • I disagree - read the definition of "succeed" here merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succeeds – Max Williams Jun 15 '16 at 9:14
  • You are true. Thank you. Would you mind to turn your comment into an answer? – Daniel Jun 15 '16 at 9:18

You could say successor and predecessor, meaning one who succeeds another, or is succeeded by another, respectively, with the verb "succeed" meaning "to replace, or follow on from" here.




Note that you would say that one is the successor to the other, or the predecessor to the other, eg "The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jointly serve as successors to the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_6

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  • Great response. And thank you for the tip about the preposition. I didn't think about. – Daniel Jun 15 '16 at 14:47

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