Synonyms of 'precursor'
a predecessorReal tennis, a precursor of the modern game, originated in the eleventh century.
something that comes before and signals something to followThe deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.
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in the sense of forebear
an ancestorI'll come back to the land of my forebears.
in the sense of harbinger
a person or thing that announces or indicates the approach of somethinga harbinger of winter
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Thesaurus for precursor from the Collins English Thesaurus