[Word-ology] Precursor = Pre + Curs + Or

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Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

indispensable=in-[not]+dis-[away]+pens[hang]+-able[a.]
Definition: not subject to being set aside or neglected

propensity=pro-[forth]+pens[hang]+-ity[n.]
Definition: an often intense inclination or preference


Today we will learn the new root “curs“. It means “run” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “precursor” together.

In the word “precursor“, “pre” means “before“, “curs” means “run“, “or” points that this word is about a person. By combining them together we can deduce that “precursor” means “a person who run before others

In Cambridge Dictionary, “precursor” means “a person who goes before or announces the coming of another“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here are one example to use “precursor” :

He said that the deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

discursive=dis-[apart]+curs-[run]+ive[a]

cursory=curs-[run]+ory[a]

That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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