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.]
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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
Examples of Preliminary in a Sentence
Under questioning, Livvix admitted ... he had weighed various ideas about committing terrorist attacks at different venues and even gave preliminary thought to the possibility of attacking venues (of) Islamic holy places in Israel.
In the preliminary investigation, the co-pilot was found to be smoking an e-cigarette, smoke diffused into the passenger cabin and relevant air conditioning components were wrongly shut off, without notifying the captain, which resulted in insufficient oxygen.
A temporary injunction is a short-term measure that remains in effect until, for example, a preliminary injunction is issued, and whether it would be temporary or something more enduring, the court would consider, before issuing any injunction, the effects on the requesting party if the injunction isn't granted ; the effects on the non-requesting party if it is granted ; whether the requesting party has a potentially successful case ; and the injunction's effect on the public interest.
I think it would be a mistake to offer normalized relations, i engaged in long, patient diplomacy to put together the sanctions on Iran that finally brought them to the negotiation table and actually began the preliminary negotiations that the President and Secretary (John) Kerry continued to completion.
We have had preliminary discussions.
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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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