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Definitions of ancestor

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One from whom an estate has descended; - the correlative of heir. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A person from whom one is descended in direct line; a forefather; a progenitor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. One from whom a person has descended: a forefather. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. ANCESTRESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A forefather. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. One from whom a person has descended; the previous possessor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A forefather; a progenitor; a woman is called an ancestress. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. One from whom an estate has descended; -- the correlative of heir. mso.anu.edu.au
  13. One who has preceded another in a direct line of descent; a lineal ascendant. A former possessor; the person last seised. Termes de la Ley; 2 Bl. Comm. 201. A deceased person from whom another has inherited land. A former possessor. Bailey v. Bailey, 25 Mich. 1S5; McCarthy v. Marsh. 5 N. Y. 275; Springer v. Fortune, 2 Handy, (Ohio.) 52. In this sense a child may be the "ancestor" of his deceased parent. or one brother the "ancestor" of another. Lavery v. Egnn, 143 Mass. 389, 9 N. E. 747: Murphy v. Henry. 35 Ind. 450. The term differs from "predecessor," in that it is applied to a natural person and his progenitors, while the latter is applied also to a corporation and those who have hold offices before those who now fill them. Co. Litt 786. thelawdictionary.org
  14. Descents. One who has preceded another in a direct line of descent; an ascendant. In the common law, the word is understood as well of the immediate parents, as, of these that are higher; as may appear by the statute 25 Ed. III. De natis ultra mare, and so in the statute of 6 R. III. cap. 6, and by many others. But the civilians relations in the ascending line, up to the great grandfather's parents, and those above them, they term, majores, which common lawyers aptly expound antecessors or ancestors, for in the descendants of like degree they are called posteriores. Cary's Litt.45. The term ancestor is applied to natural persons. The words predecessors and successors, are used in respect to the persons composing a body corporate. See 2 Bl. Com. 209; Bac. Abr. h. t.; Ayl. Pand. 58. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  15. One from whom an estate has descended; the correlative of heir. dictgcide_fs
  16. an'ses-tur, n. one from whom a person has descended: a forefather:--fem. AN'CESTRESS.--adj. ANCES'TRAL.--ns. AN'CESTOR-WOR'SHIP, the chief element in the religion of China and other countries--erroneously supposed by Herbert Spencer to be the foundation of all religion; AN'CESTRY, a line of ancestors: lineage. [O. Fr. ancestre--L. antecessor--ante, before, ced[)e]re, cessum, to go.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Forefather. Hence ancestress n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. One from whom a person is descended, either by father or mother. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. One from whom a person descends. Complete Dictionary

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