- The definition of preliminarily is coming before the main action.
An example of something preliminarily is the first round of a competition.
Variant of preliminary
Origin: ; from French préliminaire or Modern Latin praeliminaris ; from Classical Latin prae- (see pre-) plush 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: Fr préliminaires, pl.
- preliminarily adverb