Synonyms & Antonyms of precursor

1 one that announces or indicates the later arrival of another
  • 18th-century lyric poets like Robert Burns were precursors of the Romantics

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2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed
  • a precursor of the modern eggplant

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How is the word precursor distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of precursor are forerunner, harbinger, and herald. While all these words mean "one that goes before or announces the coming of another," precursor applies to a person or thing paving the way for the success or accomplishment of another.

18th century poets like Burns were precursors of the Romantics

In what contexts can forerunner take the place of precursor?

The words forerunner and precursor are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage.

the blockade was the forerunner of war

How are the words harbinger and herald related as synonyms of precursor?

Harbinger and herald both apply, chiefly figuratively, to one that proclaims or announces the coming or arrival of a notable event.

their early victory was the harbinger of a winning season

the herald of a new age in medicine

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The first known use of precursor was in the 15th century

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“Precursor.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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