One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That comes before, forerunning; = "precursive".
Originally: (Medicine) designating a form of epilepsy in which the seizures are characterized by a sudden, impulsive running forward; also figurative; (disused). Later: (more generally) characterized by running forward (rare).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Case (d. 1682), clergyman and ejected minister. From pro- + post-classical Latin cursivus cursive<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From French procursif or its etymon post-classical Latin procursivus from classical Latin prōcurs-, past participial stem of prōcurrere to run forward + -īvus; compare cursive.
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