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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Preceding or preliminary; introductory: a precursory statement.
  • adj. Suggesting or indicating something to follow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to events that will follow.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a precursor.
  • n. A precursor; a sign of the onset of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Preceding as a precursor or harbinger; indicating something to follow.
  • n. An introduction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preceding as a herald; forerunning; introductory; indicative of something to follow.
  • n. A precursor; an introduction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. warning of future misfortune

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