Synonyms of precursor
1 forerunnerDictionary • Real tennis, a precursor of the modern game, originated in the eleventh century.
predecessor • He learned everything he knew from his predecessor.
forebear • I'll come back to the land of my forebears.
originator • the originator of the theory of relativity
2 heraldDictionary • The deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.
herald (literary) • I welcome the report as the herald of more freedom, not less.
messenger • The document is to be sent by messenger.
forerunner • the forerunners of those who were to support the Nazis
harbinger (literary) • a harbinger of winter
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forebearYour forebears are your ancestors.
• I'll come back to the land of my forebears.
• the forerunners of those who were to support the Nazis
harbinger (literary)Something that is a harbinger of something else, especially something bad, is a sign that it is going to happen.
• a harbinger of winter
Thesaurus for precursor from the Collins English Thesaurus
a person or thing that precedes and shows or announces someone or something to come; harbinger