Definition of preliminary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈlɪmɪnəri//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈlɪmɪneri//
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happening before a more important action or event synonym initial After a few preliminary remarks he announced the winners. preliminary results/findings/enquiries the preliminary rounds of the contest preliminary to something pilot studies preliminary to a full-scale study Word Originmid 17th cent.: from modern Latin praeliminaris or French préliminaire, from Latin prae ‘before’ + limen, limin- ‘threshold’.Extra examples He was knocked out in the preliminary rounds of the contest. This is just a pilot study preliminary to a full-scale study. This report provides preliminary findings from the current survey.
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