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preliminary

Line breaks: pre|lim¦in|ary
Pronunciation: /prɪˈlɪmɪn(ə)ri
 
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Definition of preliminary in English:

adjective

Preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important: a preliminary draft the discussions were seen as preliminary to the policy paper
More example sentences
  • There are several very important reasons for this preliminary arm action.
  • The news comes as the inquiry prepares to hold two preliminary meetings in York next month to discuss the format and conduct of the hearings.
  • The company has agreed to prepare preliminary proposals based on feedback received at the workshop and exhibition.
Synonyms

noun (plural preliminaries)

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1A preliminary action or event: the bombardment was resumed as a preliminary to an infantry attack
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  • After the written preliminary, the six teams which qualified appeared on stage for the finals.
  • He had no sooner set about the preliminaries - the getting of suitable marble for his work - than he began to quarrel with the men who were to hew it.
  • This long march requires many small steps and wide-ranging preliminaries in confidence rebuilding.
Synonyms
prelude, preparation, preliminary/preparatory measure, preliminary action, overture, groundwork, first round
1.1 (preliminaries) Business or talk, especially of a formulaic or polite nature, taking place before an action or event: she began speaking, without preliminaries
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  • The preliminaries were polite, but from the outset it was clear that both men were in Braehead to put on a show.
  • To return to your Honour the Chief Justice, the idea is that these preliminaries to business will be completed.
  • When two minds are focused on a problem, and look at the problem with similar prejudices of what is correct and what is not, conversations need no preliminaries.
Synonyms
introduction, preamble, opening, opening/prefatory remarks, formalities
1.2A preliminary round in a sporting competition.
Example sentences
  • Mbazima and Mwansa qualified to the finals after emerging first in a round-robin format during preliminaries of the three day tournament.
  • He was signed by Efes Istanbul in Turkey and had a terrific showing in leading underdog Latvia out of the preliminaries of the European Championships.
  • The tournament saw some 32 teams competing in the preliminaries.
1.3 (preliminaries) The prelims of a text.

Origin

mid 17th century: from modern Latin praeliminaris or French préliminaire, from Latin prae 'before' + limen, limin- 'threshold'.

Phrases

preliminary to

1
Preparatory to; in advance of.
Example sentences
  • The archaeological excavation is a necessary preliminary to that work, and pipe laying cannot take place until the archaeology has been completed.
  • More dramatically, we looked over the house that ‘Venice in Peril’ have had surveyed as a preliminary to the city repairing it and dividing it up.
  • The Miss Universe Zambia is the official preliminary to the Miss Universe pageant held every year.
Synonyms
in preparation for, before, in advance of, prior to, ahead of, preparatory to

Derivatives

preliminarily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • According to the preliminarily announced criteria, the proposed cash contribution will be most important as it brings a maximum of 80 points.
  • The Inspector said that police investigators have preliminarily concluded that the robbery was perpetrated by professionals.
  • The City Council preliminarily approved the agreement Wednesday and will take a final vote Monday.

Words that rhyme with preliminary

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