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See definition of precursors on Dictionary.com
  • nounsomething that indicates outcome or event beforehand
  • nounsomething that precedes another

synonyms for precursors

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

The storm, of which these events were the precursors, at length burst with fury on the Christians in the year 303.
THE CATACOMBS OF ROMEWILLIAM HENRY WITHROW
His precursors had looked upon the Haskala as the most precious treasure, to be preferred to all else in life.
THE HISTORY OF YIDDISH LITERATURE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURYLEO WIENER
Similarly, totem animals are even more truly the precursors of the later herd, and of agricultural animals.
ELEMENTS OF FOLK PSYCHOLOGYWILHELM WUNDT
One after another, and by tens and twenties, they fell side by side, companions in death of their brave precursors.
GREAT EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICACHARLES A. GOODRICH
There were in the observatory stone quadrants, the precursors of our mural quadrants.
HISTORY OF THE INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF EUROPE, VOLUME I (OF 2)JOHN WILLIAM DRAPER
These trying and exasperating circumstances were but the friendly precursors of a spirit of universal liberty.
HISTORY OF THE NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA FROM 1619 TO 1880. VOL 1GEORGE W. WILLIAMS
Marlo and Rodbertus are sometimes spoken of as the precursors of German socialism.
CONTEMPORARY SOCIALISMJOHN RAE
Roumanille must be classed as one of those precursors who are unconscious of what they do.
FRDRIC MISTRALCHARLES ALFRED DOWNER
Thompson must be regarded as one of the greatest precursors of Marx in the development of modern Socialist theory.
SOCIALISMJOHN SPARGO
They give, like discovery, an inchoate title, and are preparations and precursors of future occupations.
INTERNATIONAL LAW. A TREATISE. VOLUME I (OF 2)LASSA FRANCIS OPPENHEIM
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