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Synonyms of 'precursor'

(noun) 
Definition
a predecessor
Real tennis, a precursor of the modern game, originated in the eleventh century.
Synonyms
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predecessor
He learned everything he knew from his predecessor.
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forebear
I'll come back to the land of my forebears.
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originator
the originator of the theory of relativity
(noun) 
Definition
something that comes before and signals something to follow
The deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.
Synonyms
herald (literary)
I welcome the report as the herald of more freedom, not less.
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messenger
The document is to be sent by messenger.
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forerunner
Quince jam was the forerunner of marmalade.
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harbinger (literary)
a harbinger of winter

Additional synonyms

in the sense of forebear
Definition
an ancestor
I'll come back to the land of my forebears.
Synonyms
tupuna or tipuna (New Zealand)
in the sense of harbinger
Definition
a person or thing that announces or indicates the approach of something
a harbinger of winter
in the sense of messenger
Definition
a person who takes messages from one person or group to another
The document is to be sent by messenger.
Synonyms
carrier,
harbinger (literary),
delivery boy,
errand boy

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