The definition of preliminarily is coming before the main action.
An example of something preliminarily is the first round of a competition.
(comparative more preliminarily, superlative most preliminarily)
- In a preliminary manner.
Variant of preliminary
coming before or leading up to the main action, discussion, business, etc.; introductory; prefatory; preparatory
Origin of preliminary; from French préliminaire or Modern Latin praeliminaris ; from Classical Latin prae- (see pre-) + Classical Latin liminaris, of a threshold ; from limen, threshold (see limen)
- a preliminary step, procedure, etc.
- a preliminary examination
- a contest or match before the main one
Origin of preliminaryFr préliminaires, pl.