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Prior to or preparing for the main matter, action, or business; introductory or prefatory.
n. pl. pre·lim·i·nar·ies
often preliminaries Something that precedes another item of a similar kind, especially:
a. A contest to determine the finalists in a competition.
b. An event that precedes the main event, especially in boxing or wrestling.
c. An academic examination taken before a longer, more complex, or more important examination.
d. An introductory remark made before a speech, presentation, or meeting.

[From New Latin praelīmināris : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin līmen, līmin-, threshold.]

pre·lim′i·nar′i·ly (-nâr′ə-lē) adv.
Synonyms: preliminary, introductory, prefatory, preparatory
These adjectives mean going before and preparing the way for something else: a preliminary investigation; introductory remarks; an author's prefatory notes; preparatory steps.
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Their jaws moved preliminarily with fearful threatenings.
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If the load is not placed on the fiber center the interface may be preliminarily damaged and result in a low load and high displacement at that load.
The court held that the prisoner was not required to prove discriminatory intent to establish that he was denied equal protection, where the defendants admitted that they used race as the only factor in preliminarily excluding Black inmates from critical-worker lists.
The mixed C&D material is fed into the shredder after it has been preliminarily sorted.
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1% from the preceding quarter, revised downward from the preliminarily reported growth of 0.
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