Definition of preliminary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    preliminary

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    NAmE//prɪˈlɪməˌnɛri//
     
     
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  1. 1happening before a more important action or event synonym initial
  2. 2 After a few preliminary remarks he announced the winners. preliminary results/findings/inquiries the preliminary rounds of the contest preliminary to something pilot studies preliminary to a full-scale study
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