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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.
Pero walang katotohanan yan sapagkat alam natin na kaya si De Lima ay nakakulong ay hindi sapagkat ito ay mga trumped or fake, kung 'di siya ay napatunayan at least preliminarily na siya ay coddler ng drug lords sa loob ng Bilibid,' he said.
8, to preliminarily select 50 South Capital Advisors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation, to administer the $250 million fund and make strategic investments that reflect goals outlined by the board.
The competition for Jerooy gold mine will be preliminarily announced for September 2013, Vice Prime Minister Tairbek Sarpashev told reporters today during his working tour of Chui region.
A letter addressed to President Barack Obama contained a substance that preliminarily tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, authorities said on Wednesday.
The decision has been made preliminarily by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), which is formulating enforcement rules for the "financial consumer protection law," scheduled to hit the road at the end this year.
31 January 2011 - Swedish real estate company Catena AB (STO: CATE) said today it will sell three companies comprising 25 properties to sector player Fastighets AB Balder (STO: BALD B) for a preliminarily price of SEK1.
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.
Forest Industry Development Priorities were accepted in the Fall 2002 and the forest legislation is under renewal (the draft Forest Code was preliminarily accepted by the Government in March 2004, but still forwarded for adjustments).
The mixed C&D material is fed into the shredder after it has been preliminarily sorted.
Last week, the New York City Industrial Development Agency announced preliminarily approval for real estate and sales tax benefits for Big Apple Distributors of New York Inc.