preliminary

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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).

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preliminary (not comparable)

  1. In preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory.
    Synonyms: initial, introductory, preparatory
    Antonyms: definitive, final
    These are just the preliminary results.

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preliminary (plural preliminaries)

  1. A preparation for a main matter; an introduction.
    • 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)[1]:
      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.
  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

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