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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 ?
Well, I did hope we might have the ground to ourselves, at least for the preliminary explorations and excavations.
The preliminary stage of becoming acquainted was one which he always endeavored to ignore when a pretty and engaging woman was concerned.
At length, it would seem, his patient industry found its reward; for, without explanation or apology, he pronounced aloud the words "Isle of Wight," drew a long, sweet sound from his pitch-pipe, and then ran through the preliminary modulations of the air whose name he had just mentioned, with the sweeter tones of his own musical voice.
I wish it didn't look so cussedly like a robber's cave," said George Kearney, when they were taking a quiet preliminary survey of the unclassified treasures, before the Carrs took possession.
A descriptive paragraph or two, treating of the seven-gabled mansion in its more recent aspect, will bring this preliminary chapter to a close.
Finally, all other difficulties being obviated, woman cannot take advantage of these preliminary reforms until she herself shall have undergone a still mightier change, in which, perhaps, the ethereal essence, wherein she has her truest life, will be found to have evaporated.
In disposing of the body of a right whale, when brought alongside the ship, the same preliminary proceedings commonly take place as in the case of a sperm whale; only, in the latter instance, the head is cut off whole, but in the former the lips and tongue are separately removed and hoisted on deck, with all the well known black bone attached to what is called the crown-piece.
Marija goes on the warpath straight off, without even the preliminary of a good cursing, and when she is pulled off it is with the coat collars of two villains in her hands.
They will be wanting to send a scout or two in the dark to make preliminary observations.
I shall offer it presently; but first I with to say a few preliminary words.
Hitherto, only the small preliminary annoyances proper to the occasion had shown themselves at Evergreen Lodge.
But I remarked that the Old Soldier took him into custody directly, for her partner; and instructed him, as the first preliminary of initiation, to give her all the silver he had in his pocket.