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  • nounsomething that indicates outcome or event beforehand
  • nounsomething that precedes another

synonyms for precursor

  • forerunner
  • harbinger
  • herald
  • messenger
  • outrider
  • usher
  • vanguard
See also synonyms for: precursors
  • forerunner
  • prototype
  • predecessor
  • antecedent
  • parent
  • forebear
  • pioneer
  • originator
  • ancestor
  • original
  • antecessor
  • foregoer
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How to use precursor in a sentence

Not only do they come from myriad sources—asphalt is a big one, but paints and other products also release the precursor compounds to pollutants—but the chemical reactions that create these secondary compounds are also complex.
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Continuously monitoring these types of carbon dioxide emissions in the Apennines and other seismically active regions, such as California and Japan, could reveal whether uprising gas is a precursor or product of quakes, he says.
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SAC is also working on ways to verify the self-reported data behind the scores, as a precursor to making some of the data public next year.
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Monkeys’ greater difficulty learning recursive sequences, relative to people, fits a scenario in which “this ability is evolutionarily ancient and could have been a precursor to the development of human grammar,” Ferrigno says.
MONKEYS MAY SHARE A KEY GRAMMAR-RELATED SKILL WITH HUMANSBRUCE BOWERJUNE 26, 2020SCIENCE NEWS
Preserving some of the stylized features of its heavy precursor, the lighter Chalcidian helmet was also imbued with practical design upgrades that allowed its wearer to have better hearing and relatively unimpeded vision.
KNOW YOUR ANCIENT GREEK HELMETS: FROM ATTIC TO PHRYGIANDATTATREYA MANDALMAY 19, 2020REALM OF HISTORY
But this by no means exhausts the benefits derived from it, draining being merely the precursor of further improvement.
ELEMENTS OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRYTHOMAS ANDERSON
At the moment when they disappeared in the forest, the owl uttered its matutinal cry, the precursor of sunrise.
THE BORDER RIFLESGUSTAVE AIMARD
For this purpose, he said, the "Precursor Society" had been established, and was now in progress of enrolment.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THREE VOLUMES, VOL.III.E. FARR AND E. H. NOLAN
There was still, however, an under-current of agitation: in fact, the late event was but the precursor to a more furious storm.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THREE VOLUMES, VOL.III.E. FARR AND E. H. NOLAN
Mr. O'Connell was indefatigable in stirring up his Precursor Society and other similar machines of agitation.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THREE VOLUMES, VOL.III.E. FARR AND E. H. NOLAN
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WORDS RELATED TO PRECURSOR

  • antecedent
  • antecessor
  • ascendant
  • forebear
  • forefather
  • foregoer
  • foremother
  • forerunner
  • founder
  • precursor
  • primogenitor
  • progenitor
  • auspice
  • forerunner
  • foretoken
  • forewarning
  • harbinger
  • herald
  • portent
  • precursor
  • presage
  • prognostication
  • promise
  • prophecy
  • sign
  • token
  • warning
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