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
Examples of preliminary in a Sentence
The preliminary report confirmed beyond reasonable doubt that the crew followed the right procedures, under the circumstances, with a number of simultaneous warnings in the cockpit, the crew have performed professionally.
We must enrich and complete this preliminary bill. But what would be terrible is the status quo, i could have said there are 14 months left, I would slow down, take no risks ... It's not my vision of politics.
There's a need to accelerate the pace of negotiations after some three years or more have passed since the signing of the preliminary agreement in Khartoum and things have remained frozen.
The preliminary report's near-exclusive focus on protecting certain publishers from disruption and competition is at odds with the ACCC's mandate to promote competition.
There will be a preliminary exchange in the area of trade and the European Union tomorrow morning will present its points of view on the matter of political dialogue.
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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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