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precursor
used in War and Peace

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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
  • The countess was accustomed to this tone as a precursor of news of something detrimental to the children's interests, such as the building of a new gallery or conservatory, the inauguration of a private theater or an orchestra.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (35% in)

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