of the nature of a precursor; preliminary; introductory: precursory remarks.
indicative of something to follow: precursory indications of disease.
Also, precursive [pri-kur-siv] .

1590–1600; < Latin praecursōrius. See precursor, cursory Unabridged
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precursory or precursive (prɪˈkɜːsərɪ)
1.  serving as a precursor
2.  preliminary or introductory
precursive or precursive

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Suggested explanations are that the sea bottom had been disturbed by some earthquake precursory motion.
However, unfortunately, many earthquakes are preceded by no precursory events whatsoever.
These phenomena were actually precursory, said the theory, and therefore could be used to predict the earthquake.
The possibility of an event will increase if precursory volcanic activity is detected.
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