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

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 After this prefatory video ends, a door automatically slides open, giving access to a chamber that evokes the exterior of Tut’s royal tomb, the only largely intact one ever found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 These prefatory remarks are by way of setting up the following chronology — without any claims of causation. Bryan A. Garner, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 The chronicle that results, as Mitenbuler explains in a prefatory note, also appears at a moment when, for the first time in the history of the form, everything is available. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2020 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, 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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3 Jul 2022

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“Prefatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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