preliminary

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Etymology[edit]

From the French préliminaire or from the Modern Latin prælīmināris, formed from præ (before) + līmen, līmin- (threshold) + -āris (adjectival suffix); compare the Latin līmināris (of or belonging to a threshold).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) enPR: prĭlĭʹmĭnəri, IPA(key): /pɹᵻˈlɪmᵻnəɹi/

Adjective[edit]

preliminary (not comparable)

  1. in preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory
    These are just the preliminary results.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 1
      And then, after a few preliminary tries, the whole farm burst out into 'Beasts of England' in tremendous unison.

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Noun[edit]

preliminary (plural preliminaries)

  1. A preparation for a main matter; an introduction
  2. Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
  3. A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing