a minor match preceding the main event
preliminary, overture, prelude(adj)
something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
"training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
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"
A preparation for a main matter; an introduction
Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing
in preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory
These are just the preliminary results.
Origin: From the préliminaire or from the Modern praeliminaris, formed from prae + limen, + -aris (adjectival suffix); compare the liminaris.
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
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē-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.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'preliminary' in Adjectives Frequency: #670
The numerical value of preliminary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of preliminary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The negotiations are suspended without a preliminary agreement.
In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.
It was a preliminary exchange of ideas, and we did not outline a final position.
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
Preliminary reports indicate that the attackers, who were heavily armed, later fled toward the border into Somali.
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- preliminarCatalan, Valencian
- vorläufig, vorbereitendGerman
- alustava, preliminaarinen, esi-Finnish
- 予備的, 予備Japanese
- foreløpig, preliminærNorwegian
- introductiv, preliminar, pregătitorRomanian
- предварительный, подготовительныйRussian
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