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pre·lim·i·nar·y

 (prĭ-lĭm′ə-nĕr′ē)
adj.
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.

preliminary

(prɪˈlɪmɪnərɪ)
adj
(usually prenominal) occurring before or in preparation; introductory
n, pl -naries
1. a preliminary event or occurrence
2. (General Sporting Terms) an eliminating contest held before the main competition
[C17: from New Latin praelīmināris, from Latin prae before + līmen threshold]
preˈliminarily adv

pre•lim•i•nar•y

(prɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -nar•ies. adj.
1. preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory.
n.
2. something preliminary, as an introductory or preparatory step, measure, or stage.
3. a sports or athletic contest, esp. a boxing match, that takes place before the main event on the program.
4. a preliminary examination, as of a candidate for an academic degree.
[1650–60; < French prélimin(aire) and New Latin praelīmin(āris) (see pre-, liminal) + -ary]
pre•lim`i•nar′i•ly, adv.
syn: preliminary, introductory both refer to that which comes before the principal subject of consideration. That which is preliminary is in the nature of preparation or of clearing away details that would encumber the main subject or problem; it often deals with arrangements and the like that have to do only incidentally with the principal subject: preliminary negotiations. That which is introductory leads with natural, logical, or close connection directly into the main subject of consideration: introductory steps.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preliminary - a minor match preceding the main event
athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics - a contest between athletes
2.preliminary - something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
inception, origination, origin - an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
Adj.1.preliminary - denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding; "a preliminary investigation"
explorative, exploratory - serving in or intended for exploration or discovery; "an exploratory operation"; "exploratory reconnaissance"; "digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico"; "exploratory talks between diplomats"

preliminary

adjective
2. qualifying, eliminating the last match of the preliminary rounds
noun
1. introduction, opening, beginning, foundation, start, preparation, first round, prelude, preface, overture, initiation, preamble, groundwork, prelims Today's survey is a preliminary to a more detailed one.

preliminary

adjective
1. Before or in preparation for the main matter, action, or business:
2. Serving to introduce a subject or person, for example:
3. Not perfected, elaborated, or completed:
Translations
تَمْهيدي، إبْتِدائي
předběžnýúvodní
indledende
undirbúnings-, for-
parengtinispreliminarus
iepriekšējs, sagatavošanas-ievada-
ön hazırlayıcı

preliminary

[prɪˈlɪmɪnərɪ]
A. ADJpreliminar
B. N
1.prolegómeno m
a background check is normally a preliminary to a presidential appointmentla comprobación del historial personal es normalmente un prolegómeno al nombramiento de presidente
let's dispense with the preliminaries and get down to businessdejémonos de prolegómenos or preámbulos y vayamos al grano
2. (Sport) → fase f previa

preliminary

[prɪˈlɪmɪnəri]
adj
[results, talks, discussions, findings] → préliminaire
(SPORT) [stage] → préliminaire
preliminary round → tour préliminaire
n
(gen)préliminaire m
as a preliminary to sth → comme préliminaire à qch
(SPORT)éliminatoire fpreliminary hearing naudience f préliminairePreliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test n (US) test déterminant l'aptitude d'un candidat à présenter l'examen d'entrée à l'université

preliminary

adj remarks, chaptereinleitend; steps, measuresvorbereitend; report, results, testsvorläufig; stagefrüh; preliminary negotiationsVorverhandlungen pl; preliminary investigationVoruntersuchung f; preliminary contactserste Kontakte; preliminary roundVorrunde f
nEinleitung f(to zu); (= preparatory measure)Vorbereitung f, → vorbereitende Maßnahme; (Sport) → Vorspiel nt; preliminariesPräliminarien pl (geh, Jur); (for speech) → einführende or einleitende Worte; (Sport) → Vorrunde f; the preliminaries are complete, now the actual work can begindie Vorarbeit ist getan, jetzt kann die eigentliche Arbeit anfangen; all the preliminaries to somethingalles, was einer Sache (dat)vorausgeht; let’s dispense with the preliminarieskommen wir gleich zur Sache; as a preliminaryals Vorarbeit, als Vorbereitung

preliminary

[prɪˈlɪmɪnrɪ]
1. adjpreliminare
2. prep preliminary to sth/doing sthprima di qc/fare qc

preliminary

(priˈliminəri) adjective
coming before, and preparing for, something. The chairman made a few preliminary remarks before introducing the speaker.

preliminary

a. preliminar, antecedente.

preliminary

adj preliminar
References in classic literature ?
There was the clergyman's preliminary look at the license--which meant official caution.
I was allowed to see the first trial, or preliminary rehearsal, of this work of art.
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She braced herself up, however, and managed to get through the interview in its preliminary stages without any perceptible change in her normal appearance and bearing.
His escape from us, that evening, was beyond all question the preliminary only to his escape from London.
It is not expedient to burden this preliminary to my story with further details, which I do make asseveration I possess a-plenty.
For this purpose, let us as a preliminary consider different ways of being conscious.
The discussions of the authors' works should sometimes, at least, be made by the student in writing, sometimes after a day or two of preliminary oral discussion in class.
The milking progressed, till towards the end Tess and Clare, in common with the rest, could hear the heavy breakfast table dragged out from the wall in the kitchen by Mrs Crick, this being the invariable preliminary to each meal; the same horrible scrape accompanying its return journey when the table had been cleared.
The members of the Gun Club remained at Tampa Town, for the purpose of setting on foot the preliminary works by the aid of the people of the country.
Preliminary examinations showed that she was well advanced for a girl of her years, and she was soon a happy member of a class of girls and boys her own age.
gowned in black in his intermittent character of sexton) was taking a preliminary survey of the scene before marshalling his forces.