- The definition of preliminary is something that happens or comes before the main action.
An example of a preliminary act is a drug screen that happens before a new employee is hired.
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.
Origin of preliminaryFrom New Latin praelīmināris : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin līmen, līmin-, threshold.