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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"

Wiktionary

  1. preliminarynoun

    A preparation for a main matter; an introduction

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

  2. preliminarynoun

    Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists

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

  3. preliminarynoun

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

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

  4. preliminaryadjective

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

    These are just the preliminary results.

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

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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Numerology

  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. North Dakota:

    Preliminary work to expose and extract the damaged section of pipe has begun and is expected to be complete by the end of the week.

  2. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Israel completely rejects the ICC prosecutor’s announcement about opening a preliminary examination on the basis of the outrageous request by the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian Authority is not a country and therefore it is not the court’s place, also according to its own rules, to carry out an examination like this.

  3. Joel Poppen:

    The Fuzhou Court issued this preliminary ruling before allowing Micron an opportunity to present its defense.

  4. Cherif Kanoute:

    The negotiations are suspended without a preliminary agreement.

  5. 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.

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