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preliminary

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noun pre·lim·i·nary \ pri-ˈli-mə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of preliminary

plural preliminaries
:something that precedes or is introductory or preparatory: such as
a :a preliminary scholastic examination
b preliminaries plural, British :front matter
c :a preliminary heat or trial (as of a race)
d :a minor match preceding the main event (as of a boxing card)

Examples of preliminary in a Sentence

  1. a meeting to discuss seating arrangements that was merely a preliminary to the formal negotiating sessions

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Origin and Etymology of preliminary

French préliminaires, plural, from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, adjective, preliminary, from Latin prae- pre- + limin-, limen threshold

preliminary Synonyms

Synonyms
curtain-raiser, overture, preamble, prelude, prologue (also prolog), warm-up
Related Words
countdown, run-up [chiefly British]; lead-in; kickoff, start

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preliminary

adjective

Definition of preliminary

:coming before and usually forming a necessary prelude to something else
  • preliminary studies
  • preliminary results

preliminarily

play \-ˌli-mə-ˈner-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of preliminary in a Sentence

  1. Preliminary findings show that the drug could help patients with skin cancer.

  2. The team was eliminated in the preliminary round of the tournament.

  3. research that is preliminary to the study

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First Known Use of preliminary

1657


PRELIMINARY Defined for English Language Learners

preliminary

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noun

Definition of preliminary for English Language Learners

  • : something that comes first in order to prepare for or introduce the main part of something else

  • : a game that is played before the main part of a competition to decide which players or teams will be allowed to continue playing


preliminary

adjective

Definition of preliminary for English Language Learners

  • : coming before the main part of something


PRELIMINARY Defined for Kids

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preliminary

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noun pre·lim·i·nary \ pri-ˈli-mə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of preliminary for Students

plural preliminaries
:something that comes before the main or final part
  • The athletes competed in the preliminaries.

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preliminary

adjective

Definition of preliminary for Students

:coming before the main or full part
  • I won the preliminary round.
  • The preliminary results are promising.

Law Dictionary

preliminary

adjective pre·lim·i·nary \ pri-ˈli-mə-ˌner-ē \

legal Definition of preliminary

:coming before and usually serving as a temporary or intermediate step to something
  • preliminary negotiations
  • a preliminary payment plan

preliminarily

adverb

preliminary

noun


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