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

  • adj. Precursory.

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  • adj. Preceding; introductory; precursory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Preceding; introductory; precursory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preceding as a herald; prognosticative; predictive.


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  • The exercise was designed not only to elicit a sense of awe and wonder, but also to connect students to the precursive roots of the medium.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • If you want to design and build a FTL ship, are you supporting and promoting whatever technological advancements you consider precursive to this?

    What if you knew you could not fail?

  • Observing the results, remembering the precursive actions and emotions, and duplicating them to the best of our ability until we figure out our "combination", always remembering that it changes slightly every day.

    Seducing Ourselves

  • This relates to the question of “Awakening” which is important to the process of becoming an Adult, and certainly precursive to Enlightenment.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Wherever a desired result is achieved by the co-operation of many independent persons, its existence as a fact is a pure consequence of the precursive faith in one another of those immediately concerned.

    Pragmatic Arguments for Belief in God

  • Was this precursive of the resurrection of the Abomination?

    The Tower of Fear

  • A half-haze, precursive of the twilight, lent scenic softness to the forms of old men puffing their pipes before the doors, a maiden listlessly strolling on the sward, a swarm of children playing near the road, a distant toiler making his way home, bearing his scythe.

    The Young Seigneur Or, Nation-Making

  • Now the amoeboid state is a notable phenomenon throughout the monads as precursive of striking change.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 470, January 3, 1885

  • These stages are (1) that of the simple or animal consciousness, (2) that of self-consciousness, and (3) that of a third stage of consciousness which has not as yet been effectively named, but whose indications and precursive signs we here and there perceive in the rites and prophecies and mysteries of the early religions, and in the poetry and art and literature generally of the later civilizations.

    Pagan and Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning

  • An unsuspected disease (ossification of the heart) terminated in a fatal way, and she lay in the insensibility precursive of the grave's, when the letter, written in such gladness by my poor husband, and announcing the birth of his child, reached her address.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)


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