American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Preceding or preliminary; introductory: a precursory statement.
- adj. Suggesting or indicating something to follow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preceding as a herald; forerunning; introductory; indicative of something to follow.
- n. A precursor; an introduction.
- adj. Pertaining to events that will follow.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a precursor.
- n. medicine A precursor; a sign of the onset of something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Preceding as a precursor or harbinger; indicating something to follow.
- n. obsolete An introduction.
- adj. warning of future misfortune
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“The techniques presented can be utilized in a precursory analysis to forecast different decisions a coach or player may encounter throughout the game, during a game to optimize each play called, or as a posterior analysis technique to dissect the decisions made and determine the effectiveness of the plays called.”
“Especially if we rush to judgement and act on precursory information rather then absolute facts.”
“At this time, YVO scientists and their collaborators have detected no anomalous ground deformation, strain, or increased thermal activity that could indicate precursory activity to phenomena such as steam explosions or volcanic eruptions.”
“Having given it only precursory mental attention, I would call a ban on the former censorship and a ban on the latter a legitimate curricula decision for school boards.”
“After precursory introductions by the head of the constitution center, we were informed that the Q and A session would last until 4: 00.”
“Modern instrumentation, combined with knowledge of the eruptive history of a volcano, provides a means to monitor and interpret precursory earthquakes, ground deformation, gaseous emissions and other signs of restlessness.”
“I feel that the problems that you have with the movie were caused by the the precursory flaws in the book.”
“University recruiters should have been a little more circumspect in hiring Mr. Churchill if they were concerned about the quality of his scholarship when even a precursory reading of his opus reflects his marked penchant for rhetoric at the expense of research.”
“I think the poster in #14 meant “cursory,” not “precursory.””
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