lim·​i·​nary | \ ˈliməˌnerē \

Definition of liminary

: placed at the beginning (as of a book) : introductory, preliminary liminary quotations from the Greek or Latin— Gouverneur Paulding

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First Known Use of liminary

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liminary

French liminaire, from Late Latin liminaris, from Latin, of a threshold, from limin-, limen threshold + -aris -ar

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“Liminary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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