Synonyms for precursor:
precondition, preamble, sign, Presager.
Other synonyms and related words:
Sense 1 (noun)
preamble, buildup, precondition, preface.
Sense 3 (noun)
Sense 4 (noun)
creation, nativity, inception, spring, preparation, nascency, beginning, earliness, embryo, hatching, source, genesis, babyhood, dawn, cradle, introduction, prelude, infancy, birth, stem, emergence, conception, commencement, start, derivation, origin, sprout, inauguration.
founder, predecessor, pioneer, precedent, mother, avant-garde, forebear, usher, prototype, Foregoer, outrider, Antecessor, ancestor, herald, harbinger, antecedent, scout, original, trailblazer, foreshadower, forerunner, originator.
Usage examples for precursor:
- The whole was signed by Wake, Bullion and Bouthillier, at St. Germain- en- Laye, on March 29th, 1632. Thus terminated this quarrel between England and France, but it was only the precursor of a far more serious conflict which was to arise. - "The Makers of Canada: Champlain", N. E. Dionne.
- From the Baron's declaration as to the manner in which the Indians captured the game which went over the Falls, it would seem that the bark canoe of the Indian was the precursor of the white man's skiff and yawl, that serve as a ferry below the Falls. - "The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts", George W. Holley.
- Every discovery then appeared to be only the precursor of other and greater discoveries, and nothing after that time seemed to be impossible to him who attempted the conquest of the atmosphere. - "Wonderful Balloon Ascents or, the Conquest of the Skies", Fulgence Marion.