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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section IV. Order
2. Consecutive Order
 
64. Precursor.
 
  
NOUN:PRECURSOR, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, apparitor, vancourier [obs.]; pioneer, prodrome [obs.], prodromos [Greek], prodromus [rare], outrider; leader, bellwether; herald, harbinger; dawn; bellmare, avant-coureur [F.], avantcourier, avant-courrier [F.], forelooper or foreloper or forelouper [S. Afr.], voorlooper [Dutch], voortrekker [Dutch].
  PRELUDE, preamble, preface, prologue, foreword, avant-propos [F.], protasis, proemium, prolusion [rare], proem, prolepsis, prolegomena, prefix, exordium, introduction; heading, frontispiece, groundwork; preparation [See Preparation]; overture, voluntary, ritornel, ritornello [It.], descant, symphony; premises.
  PREFIGUREMENT [See Prediction]; omen [See Omen].
  
ADJECTIVE:PRECURSORY; prelusive, prelusory, preludious; proemial [rare], introductory, preludial, prefatory, prodromous [rare], inaugural, preliminary; precedent (prior) [See Priority].
  
QUOTATION:A precedent embalms a principle.—Disraeli

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