The definition of preliminary is something that happens or comes before the main action.(adjective)
An example of a preliminary act is a drug screen that happens before a new employee is hired.
See preliminary in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < Fr préliminaire or ModL praeliminaris < L prae- (see pre-) + L liminaris, of a threshold < limen, threshold (see limen)
noun pl. preliminaries
Origin: Fr préliminaires, pl.
See preliminary in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From New Latin praelīmināris
Origin: : Latin prae-, pre-
Origin: + Latin līmen, līmin-, threshold.
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