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an·ces·tor

(an'ses-tōr),
A person in the direct line of descent from which a subject of interest is derived (for example, parents or grandparents; but no collaterals or descendants).

ancestor

(ăn′sĕs′tər)
n.
1. A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; a forebear.
2. Biology The actual or hypothetical organism or stock from which later kinds evolved.

ancestor

Etymology: L, antecessorem
one from whom a person is descended, through the mother or the father. The term assumes a direct line of descent, excluding collateral family members of previous generations.
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I am pretty proud to be able to say that my forefathers had something to do with it,' he said.
It is a beautiful gift from our spiritual forefathers and foremothers, to be used gently and thoughtfully.
Through these two mediums of communication, Mercer argued for the establishment of missionary institutions (theological schools, protracted meetings, and missionary societies) while holding to the Calvinistic theology of his forefathers.
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together with the expanded literary knowledge, we moderns know much more about biblical times than our forefathers.
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Even more troubling is Grob's apparent conviction that Europeans (the forefathers of modern Americans), beginning in 1492 were the first people to have engaged in long-distance trade.
A more powerful vision is offered by our gay forefathers Harry Hay and Walt Whitman: Being gay is a gift and should be used to change the status quo, not conform to it.
While Cruz's forefathers worked uninterrupted under the shadow of the local volcano, Cruz has received visitors from around the world.
And we can appreciate the fervor with which Morelli undertook his mission to identify and preserve, in his own words, "quell preziossisimo patrimonio che ci lasciavano i gloriosi nostri avi" (that most precious patrimony which our glorious forefathers have passed down to us) (9).
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The struggle against terrorism, Bush said, 'will require the same sort of sacrifice our forefathers made, but it is a sacrifice I can promise you we'll make.