Definition of precursory in English:

precursory

(also precursive)

adjective

  • Preceding something in time, development, or position; preliminary.

    ‘precursory seismic activity’
    • ‘These councils, precursory legislatures, steadily gained in power, and eventually became elected legislatures, although at first the franchise was limited to a very narrow elite.’
    • ‘The activity observed in 1994 occurred largely at the site of the 1998 eruption and may have indicated precursory volcanic activity at a site on the brink of an eruption.’
    • ‘In challenging the myths of mulatto fiction by precursory white writers, in particular, Fauset reveals the fundamentally political nature of her novels.’
    • ‘These poems invite the reader to recall, however vaguely, the precursory cultural texts that they revise and ironize.’
    • ‘They have developed algorithms to detect precursory earthquake patterns.’
    • ‘Steven Soter, an astronomer in the Museum's Department of Astrophysics, is researching seismic precursory phenomena and the geoarchaeology of ancient Helike, a Greek city destroyed by an earthquake in 373 B.C.’
    • ‘In any event, we are seeing many alarming precursory symptoms of social and political instability.’
    • ‘The amendments to the Armed Forces Act include a provision under which the contracts of the professional soldiers would include a paragraph for precursory agreement for participation in missions abroad.’
    • ‘With such a network in place, it should be possible to detect precursory displacements and to provide a timely warning of any impending landslide.’
    • ‘Short-term earthquake prediction, on the other hand, is more deterministic and relies on the detection of precursory phenomena.’
    • ‘The collapse will occur during some future eruption after days or weeks of precursory deformation and earthquakes,’ Dr Day predicted.’
    • ‘And, of course, the precursory element of love should also exist.’
    • ‘This eruption began in July 1995 with phreatic explosions following 3 years of precursory seismic activity.’
    • ‘It can take off in a completely different and original direction, making up for all the endless precursory scenes we have had to sit through.’
    preliminary, prior, previous, antecedent, preceding, introductory, preparatory, prefatory
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin praecursorius, from praecurs- ‘preceded’ (see precursor).

Pronunciation

precursory

/prɪˈkəːs(ə)ri/