Donald Trump is Barack Obama's successor as the 45th and current President of the United States. But what about Trump and Bill Clinton, for example? Can we say Trump is Clinton's successor too?

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    Any given president's successor nearly always specifically refers to the immediately following holder of the office. But every earlier president could reasonably be identified as his predecessor Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 16:25

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The word to describe the relationship between two presidents not immediately before/after one another is fellow presidents (example).

"successor" in the singular will usually refer to the "immediate successor". It might be necessary to specify such immediacy:

However, in the plural "successors" will of course include the immediate and any subsequent successors.

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