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prɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr iPre·lim·i·nary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preliminary, prelim(noun)

    a minor match preceding the main event

  2. 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"

  3. preliminary(adj)

    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"


  1. preliminary(Noun)

    A preparation for a main matter; an introduction

  2. preliminary(Noun)

    Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists

  3. preliminary(Noun)

    A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing

  4. preliminary(Adjective)

    in preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory

    These are just the preliminary results.

  5. Origin: From the préliminaire or from the Modern praeliminaris, formed from prae + limen, + -aris (adjectival suffix); compare the liminaris.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preliminary(adj)

    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

  2. Preliminary(noun)

    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

  1. Preliminary

    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

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Preliminary' in Adjectives Frequency: #670

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Preliminary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Preliminary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Preliminary in a Sentence

  1. Shin Bet:

    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.

  2. China News:

    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.

  3. Jonathan Peters:

    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.

  4. Hillary Clinton on Thursday:

    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.

  5. Chairman Chow Chung Kong:

    We have had preliminary discussions.

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