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Definition an indication of (or contributing factor to) something to come

or in chemistry:  a substance from which another substance is formed — especially by a metabolic reaction
  • Then he is the precursor.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The drug, Jensen learned, inhibited metaplasia, the shift of normal body cells to a new and bizarre form, a precursor to cancer.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Maybe it had been the kiss, which was the precursor to that whole line of conversation.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The mediaeval burgesses and the small peasant proprietors were the precursors of the modern bourgeoisie.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • You mean all that was just the precursor?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • This precursor to the Secret Service was a counterterrorism unit tasked with seeking out Confederate spy networks in Canada, New York, and Washington.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He will find it as sure a precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • But it was only a precursor of his old bitter, sleepless, and eternal vigilance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Now, my military advisers tell me that what is going on looks very much like a war exercise, indeed, could be the precursor to a war.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Whether it be Providence or Fate, Gutenburg is the precursor of Luther.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • We met that morning in the Team Meeting Room in Florida Field, a precursor to orientation to football and early workouts.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Raising a shout of triumph, he sprang toward the defenseless Cora, sending his keen axe as the dreadful precursor of his approach.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In a way, that terrible episode became not only the precursor but also the symbol for all the horrible viciousness that would follow.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • One set, for example, was simple aptitude tests developed by the Institute for Educational Research, a precursor to the group that now develops the SATs.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • So the worst thing that occurs is that we're still reading the same story as if the literary precursors weren't there.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • A precursor to metasystems.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Civilization fell behind me quickly, and I was soon surrounded by the blank hills and rocks that were the precursors to the empty desert wastelands.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Translation: the precursor to breast cancer.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • When the hour comes Watch me dance along the narrowing path Glazed by the soles of my great precursors.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • She made an effort to alter her position, but failed: her face changed; she seemed to experience some inward sensation — the precursor, perhaps, of the last pang.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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