Preliminary definition

prĭ-lĭmə-nĕrē
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A preliminary step, procedure, etc.
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Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists.
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Coming before or leading up to the main action, discussion, business, etc.; introductory; prefatory; preparatory.
adjective
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Something that precedes another item of a similar kind, especially:
  • A contest to determine the finalists in a competition.
  • An event that precedes the main event, especially in boxing or wrestling.
  • An academic examination taken before a longer, more complex, or more important examination.
  • An introductory remark made before a speech, presentation, or meeting.
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Prior to or preparing for the main matter, action, or business; introductory or prefatory.
adjective
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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.

adjective
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In preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory.

These are just the preliminary results.

adjective
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A preliminary examination.
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A preparation for a main matter; an introduction.
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A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing.
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A contest or match before the main one.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
preliminary
Plural:
preliminaries

Origin of preliminary

  • From New Latin praelīmināris Latin prae- pre- Latin līmen līmin- threshold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the French préliminaire or from the Modern Latin prælÄ«mināris, formed from præ (“before") + lÄ«men, lÄ«min- (“threshold") + -āris (adjectival suffix); compare the Latin lÄ«mināris (“of or belonging to a threshold").

    From Wiktionary