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Of, relating to, or constituting a preface; introductory. See Synonyms at preliminary.

[From Latin praefātus, past participle of praefārī, to say before; see preface.]

pref′a·to′ri·ly adv.
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Prefatorily, consider the environment in which VAT has operated for the last 10-plus years.
Prefatorily, while there is one Directive, there are 27 sets of Member State legislation and the arrangements for intra-EU trade set forth in the VAT Directive are not applied by all in the same fashion.
Prefatorily, the report notes that a dramatic, global transformation of economic and commercial activity is underway, enabled by the convergence of computer and communications technology.