Definition of Ancestor

1. Noun. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).

Exact synonyms: Antecedent, Ascendant, Ascendent, Root
Specialized synonyms: Ancestress, Forbear, Forebear, Father, Forefather, Sire, Foremother, Primogenitor, Progenitor
Generic synonyms: Relation, Relative
Derivative terms: Ancestral, Ancestral, Antecedent
Antonyms: Descendant



Definition of Ancestor

1. n. 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.

Definition of Ancestor

1. Noun. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a forefather. ¹

2. Noun. An earlier type; a progenitor ¹

3. Noun. (legal) One from whom an estate has descended;—the correlative of heir. ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) One who had the same role or function in former times. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ancestor

1. to be an ancestor (a person from whom one is descended) of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Ancestor

1. 1. 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. 2. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse. 3. One from whom an estate has descended; the correlative of heir. Origin: OE. Ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms fr. OF. Ancestre, F. Ancetre, fr. The L. Nom. Antessor one who goes before; the last form fr. OF. Ancessor, fr. L. Acc. Antecessorem, fr. Antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and cf. Antecessor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ancestor

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Literary usage of Ancestor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1908)
"For, though he, at the death of his ancestor, might have entered on any tenements that were aliened without his concurrence, yet if a c'ause of warranty was ..."

2. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"Are we to say that seisin can be transmitted from ancestor to heir; that the heir is seised so soon as the ancestor dies; that the defendant who succumbs in ..."

3. The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1909)
"It was not the sum of all the rights and duties of the ancestor. ... But the heir's persona was not even the sum of all the ancestor's rights and duties in ..."

4. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1853)
"In the feudal system, he succeeded to the real property, only, of the ancestor ; and this, not under any supposed representation to him, or in consequence ..."

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