What is the difference between Progenitor and Predecessor?

The difference between progenitor and predecessor

is that "progenitor" is a forefather, any of a person’s direct ancestors and "predecessor" is one who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.

progenitor

predecessor

Noun

  • A forefather, any of a person’s direct ancestors.
  • An individual from whom one or more people (dynasty, tribe, nation…) are descended.
  • (biology) An ancestral form of a species.
  • (figurative) A predecessor of something, especially if also a precursor or model.
  • (figurative) Someone who originates something.
  • A founder.

Related terms

  • progeny

Exemple

  • Synonyms: ancestor, forefather
  • Coordinate terms: progenitrix, foremother
  • Abraham alias Ibrahim is the progenitor of both the Jewish and Arab peoples.
  • ARPANET was the progenitor of the Internet.
  • Are neural progenitor cells infected by Zika virus?

Noun

  • One who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.
  • A model or type of machinery or device which precedes the current one. Usually used to describe an earlier, outdated model.
  • (mathematics) A vertex having a directed path to another vertex

Synonyms

  • forerunner
  • foreganger (archaic, rare)

Antonyms

  • (one who precedes): successor
  • (machinery or device which precedes): successor

Examples

  • The steam engine was the predecessor of diesel and electric locomotives.