pref·​a·​to·​ry | \ ˈpre-fə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce prefatory (audio) \

Definition of prefatory

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a preface prefatory remarks
2 : located in front

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Examples of prefatory in a Sentence

The speaker made some prefatory remarks. Each chapter in the book has a prefatory quotation.
Recent Examples on the Web Ferry provides some heartfelt prefatory remarks on meter and the aims of the translation, but there is no formal introduction about the poem’s historical setting or literary tradition, no glossary or list of names. Denis Feeney, New York Times, "David Ferry Won the National Book Award in His 80s. In His 90s, He Has Translated Virgil.," 5 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of prefatory

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prefatory

Latin praefari

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The first known use of prefatory was in 1675

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“Prefatory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prefatory

formal : included at the beginning of a book, speech, etc., as an introduction

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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