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Definitions for preliminary
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. Ethiopian Airlines:

    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.

  2. Manuel Valls:

    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.

  3. Sameh Shoukry:

    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.

  4. Facebook Inc:

    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.

  5. Abelardo Moreno:

    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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