What does preliminary mean?

Definitions for preliminaryprɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preliminary.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chairman Chow Chung Kong:

    We have had preliminary discussions.

  2. Cherif Kanoute:

    The negotiations are suspended without a preliminary agreement.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    In reviling, it is not necessary to prepare a preliminary draft.

  4. James Hallinan:

    Our office will proceed transparently by way of preliminary hearing.

  5. Monzer Akbik:

    It was a preliminary exchange of ideas, and we did not outline a final position.

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