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pre·cur·sor

precursor

 
 
pronunciation:
pri kuhr sr [or] pri kuhr sr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one that comes before and proclaims the arrival of someone or something; indication that a specific event will soon take place.
The first frost is a precursor of winter.
synonyms:
forerunner, harbinger, herald, sign
similar words:
ancestor, foretoken, indicator
definition 2: an earlier or previous person, group, event, or form of something; predecessor.
The biplane was a precursor of the modern jetliner.His precursor left him much work to do.
synonyms:
ancestor, antecedent, forerunner, predecessor
similar words:
archetype, forefather, progenitor
derivation: precursive (adj.)
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