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Synonyms for ancestor
ˈæn sɛs tər; esp. Brit. -sə stər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root(noun)

    someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    Synonyms:
    theme, rootage, radical, ascendant, antecedent, etymon, base, beginning, solution, origin, stem, root, source, tooth root, ascendent, forerunner, root word

    Antonyms:
    descendent, descendant

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ancestor(n.)

    Synonyms:
    forefather, progenitor, father

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ancestor(n)

    Synonyms:
    forefather, progenitor, primogenitor, forbear

    Associated words:
    atavic, atavism, lineal, collateral, hereditary, heredity, genealogy, genealogist

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    progenitor, ascendant, forerunner, predecessor, ancestral, old-timer, ascendancy, ancestry

How to pronounce ancestor?

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How to use ancestor in a sentence?

  1. Timothy Gibson:

    There is strong fossil evidence that red algae existed over a billion years ago, and we know the red and green algae diverged from a common ancestor, so, although this doesnt fundamentally change the way Ill think about theevolutionof life, the discovery of this green algal fossil helps fill an important gap and strengthens an emerging timeline for the evolution of early, complex life.

  2. Uppsala University:

    Humans have always been interested in trying to find an answer to the question, 'Where do we come from?' Well, now we know from what type of microbial ancestor we descend, essentially, Lokiarchaeota represent a missing piece of the puzzle of the evolution from simple cells - bacteria and archaea, prokaryotes - to complex cells - eukaryotes, which includes us humans.

  3. Peter Makovicky:

    Gualicho did not inherit this forelimb anatomy from an ancestor it shared with tyrannosaurs. Rather, it evolved independently in the two groups.

  4. Rhiannon Giddens:

    When I first heard the minstrel banjo - I played a gourd first - I almost lost my mind. I was like, Oh, my god. And then I went to Africa, to the Gambia, and studied the akonting, which is an ancestor of the banjo, and just that connection to me was just immense.

  5. Sam Giles:

    But what this animal tells us [is] that actually the last common ancestor of the two groups had lots of bone, so rather than sharks being primitive, sharks are actually very highly evolved in their own way, and just as highly evolved as we are.


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