plural of prelude
as in prologues
a performance, activity, or event that precedes and sets the stage for the main event an eruption of sectarian violence that proved to be the prelude to all-out civil war

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“Preludes.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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