- præliminary (archaic)
From the French préliminaire or from Modern Latin praelīmināris, formed from prae- (“before”) + līmen (“threshold”) + -āris (adjectival suffix); compare Latin līmināris (“of or belonging to a threshold”).
- (General American) enPR: prĭlĭmʹĭnĕri, IPA(key): /pɹɪˈlɪmɪnɛɹi/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: prĭlĭmʹĭnəri, IPA(key): /pɹɪˈlɪmɪnəɹi/
preliminary (not comparable)
- In preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory.
- Synonyms: initial, introductory, preparatory
- Antonyms: definitive, final
- These are just the preliminary results.
preliminary (plural preliminaries)
- A preparation for a main matter; an introduction.
- 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6):
- In the Chinese novels, often of a very literary character, devoted to masculine love, it seems that all the preliminaries and transports of normal love are to be found, while physical union may terminate the scene.
- Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
- A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing