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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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"Regardless of the subsequent final disposition of the high tribunal on the accused's petition including the resolution of his intended motion for reconsideration, it is crystal clear that the Supreme Court prefatorily refused to grant him the provisional, ancillary and extraordinary remedy of a TRO," Reyes said.
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