# Immediate Predecessor in Toset is Unique

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## Theorem

Let $\left({S, \preceq}\right)$ be a toset.

Let $a \in S$.

Then $a$ has at most one immediate predecessor.

## Proof

Let $b, b' \in S$ be immediate predecessors of $a$.

Because $\preceq$ is a total ordering, WLOG:

$b \preceq b'$

By virtue of $b$ being a immediate predecessor of $a$:

$\neg \exists c \in S: b \prec c \prec a$

However, since $b'$ is also an immediate predecessor:

$b' \prec a$

Hence, it cannot be the case that $b \prec b'$.

Since $b \preceq b'$, it follows that $b = b'$.

Hence the result.

$\blacksquare$