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Definitions of preliminary

  1. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a minor match preceding the main event Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding; "a preliminary investigation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Introductory; previous; preceding the main discourse or business; prefatory; as, preliminary observations to a discourse or book; preliminary articles to a treaty; preliminary measures; preliminary examinations. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. That which precedes the main discourse, work, design, or business; something introductory or preparatory; as, the preliminaries to a negotiation or duel; to take one's preliminaries the year before entering college. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Introductory; as, preliminary remarks. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. An introduction; something which goes before. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Introductory: preparatory: preceding the main discourse or business. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. That which precedes: introduction. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. PRELIMINARILY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Introductory; preceding. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Antecedent or introductory. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. An initiatory step. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Preceding the main discourse or business; introductory. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. That which precedes the main business; introduction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. That precedes the main discourse or business; introductory; preparatory. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. That which precedes the main discourse or business; something preparatory; introduction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Introductory; initiatory ; preceeding; temporary and provisional ; as preliminary examination, Injunction, articles of peace, etc. thelawdictionary.org
  19. pr[=e]-lim'in-ar-i, adj. introductory: preparatory: preceding or preparing for the main discourse or business.--n. that which precedes: introduction--used mostly in pl.--adv. PRELIM'INARILY. [L. præ, before, liminaris, relating to a threshold--limen, liminis, a threshold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Introductory, preparatory; (n.) p. arrangement (usu. in pi.). Hence ppeliminarily 2 adv. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. n. Something previous or preparatory ; introduction ; preface. Cabinet Dictionary
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