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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

  • Scrofula is only too often a precursory stage of tuberculosis.

    Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated

    Max Birnbaum

  • The inventory of precursory types sees nothing but organic resemblances and disdains the differences of aptitude.

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • And is not this a fresh instalment, or a precursory adumbration, of that Truth into which the Paraclete should lead?

  • Brutandor dropped his head, and there are reasons for belief that the precursory symptoms of a smile appeared in his face.


    Armando Palacio Valds

  • Precursory notes on American insectivorous mammals, with descriptions of new species.

British Dictionary definitions for precursory



  1. serving as a precursor
  2. preliminary or introductory
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