an action or event that is done in preparation for something Research will be needed as a preliminary to making a decision. I'll skip the usual preliminaries and come straight to the point. Our team was lucky to get through the preliminaries (= the preliminary stages in a sports competition).
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NAmE//prɪˈlɪməˌnɛri//(pl. preliminaries) preliminary (to something)