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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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Let us break those chains and know our past, particularly the principles of our forefathers like Aglipay, and show that like many great nations, we too with these principles, can chart our course and carve our destiny as a nation and people.
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Purryag added: " Our forefathers did not get any gold but they worked hard enough to turn Mauritius into an independent nation.
He took pride in following in the steps of fathers and forefathers and bearing the trust with utmost sincerity and determination.
After performing the ritual prayers for their forefathers, devotees also pray for world peace.
The pedestrian and visitor will now feel miniaturised by this carbuncle and our great forefathers of architecture will be turning in their graves.
Even with the improved technologies available today, we would be hard-pressed to equal the planning, drive and endeavours of our forefathers in the early 20th century.
Many years ago immigrants and their forefathers came here for a better life, now it seems we are supposed to accept their laws as part of our society.
He maintained that our forefathers should share equal responsibilities with the slave masters for the evils of the slave trade.
Our forefathers had a system of sea frontage conservation by planting trees that would withstand cyclones, storms and sea surges.
RE: Smoking ban will kill pubs (Your Say, April 4), J Hammond goes on about losing our freedom of choice, which our forefathers fought for.