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precursor

noun

1 precursor

A substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction).

Roget 280: precession, leading, heading; precedence etc. 62; priority etc. 116; the lead, le pas; van etc. ... show more

Roget 116: priority, antecedence, anteriority, precedence, pre-existence; precession etc. 280; precursor etc. 64; the past etc. ... show more

Roget 62: precedence; coming before etc. v.; the lead, le pas; superiority etc. 33; importance etc. 642; antecedence, antecedency; ... show more

Dutch: precursor, voorloper
Polish: prekursor



2 precursor

A person who goes before or announces the coming of another.

synonym: forerunner.

3 precursor

Something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone.

synonyms: forerunner, harbinger, herald, predecessor.

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more

Dutch: voorbode, voorloper, voorteken
Polish: zwiastun, prognostyk, zapowiedź


Moby thesaurus: advance guard, agent, airhead, alterant, alterative, alterer, ancestor, ancestors, announcer, antecedence, antecedency, antecedent, anteposition, anteriority, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, author, avant-garde ... show more.

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