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precursor

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Synonyms and Antonyms of precursor

  1. 1 one that announces or indicates the later arrival of another 18th-century lyric poets like Robert Burns were precursors of the Romantics Synonyms of precursor angel, foregoer, harbinger, herald, outrider, forerunnerWords Related to precursor foreboder, foreshadower, foretaste, forewarning; advertiser, announcer, blazoner, crier, proclaimer; courier, messenger, runner; augury, auspice, boding, foreboding, foreshadowing, omen, portent, prefiguring, presage; mark, sign, symptom; bellwether

  2. 2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed a precursor of the modern eggplant Synonyms of precursor antecedent, archetype, daddy, foregoer, forerunner, granddaddy (also grandaddy), ancestor, predecessor, prototypeWords Related to precursor model, original; originator, sire; father, motherNear Antonyms of precursor by-product, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth, spin-off; daughter, sonAntonyms of precursor descendant (also descendent)

Synonym Discussion of precursor

forerunner, precursor, harbinger, herald mean one that goes before or announces the coming of another. forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage.
    • the blockade was the forerunner of war
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
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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