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Definitions for preliminary
prɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr ipre·lim·i·na·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preliminary, prelimnoun

    a minor match preceding the main event

  2. preliminary, overture, preludeadjective

    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. preliminaryadjective

    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. preliminarynoun

    A preparation for a main matter; an introduction

  2. preliminarynoun

    Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists

  3. preliminarynoun

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

  4. preliminaryadjective

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

    These are just the preliminary results.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preliminaryadjective

    Previous; introductory; proemial.

    Etymology: preliminaire, Fr. præ limine, Lat.

    My master needed not the assistance of that preliminary poet to prove his claim; his own majestick mien discovers him to be the king. Dryden.

  2. Preliminarynoun

    Something previous; preparatory measures.

    The third consists of the ceremonies of the oath on both sides, and the preliminaries to the combat. Notes on Iliad.


  1. preliminary

    Preliminary refers to an action or event that precedes or prepares for the main or more important matter. It is often used to indicate the introductory or first steps, procedures, studies, or competitions that lead to the final event or result.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preliminaryadjective

    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. Preliminarynoun

    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. James Hallinan:

    Our office will proceed transparently by way of preliminary hearing.

  2. Nicolas Maduros:

    The preliminary investigation indicates that many of those responsible for the attack, the financiers and planners, live in the United States in the state of Florida, i hope the Trump administration is willing to fight terrorist groups that commit attacks in peaceful countries in our continent, in this case Venezuela.

  3. Rachel King:

    The preliminary ruling by a federal judge in Texas is an assault on science and the FDA’s long-standing role as the authority to make decisions on the safety and efficacy of medicines. For a court to invalidate the approval of a drug that was reviewed and approved more than two decades ago is without precedent. As legal scholars have noted, the courts do not have the medical expertise to make these types of scientific determinations.

  4. Chairman Johan Tjarnberg:

    We have a responsibility to all stakeholders to bring clarity and resolve any outstanding questions from the SFSA’s preliminary assessment.

  5. James Liang:

    From Read MoreDemographers preliminary forecast based on provisional data,( in 2021) it's going to be very likely to be around or even under 10 million births, and of course, with that number, the biggest news will be China is probably in a population decline.

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