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  1. of the nature of a precursor; preliminary; introductory: precursory remarks.
  2. indicative of something to follow: precursory indications of disease.
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Also pre·cur·sive [pri-kur-siv] /prɪˈkɜr sɪv/.

Origin of precursory

From the Latin word praecursōrius, dating back to 1590–1600. See precursor, cursory
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Historical Examples

  • That form of coming with a precursive sign in the heaven is just what he contradicted.

    Christianity and Modern Thought


  • The Jewish theologians tried to determine the precursive signs of the near approach of his advent.

  • Now the amœboid state is a notable phenomenon throughout the monads as precursive of striking change.

British Dictionary definitions for precursive



  1. serving as a precursor
  2. preliminary or introductory
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