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Definition of Preliminary


  1. Introductory; previous; preceding the main discourse or business; prefatory; as, preliminary observations to a discourse or book; preliminary articles to a treaty; preliminary measures; preliminary examinations.
  2. That which precedes the main discourse, work, design, or business; something introductory or preparatory; as, the preliminaries to a negotiation or duel; to take one's preliminaries the year before entering college.
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Preliminary Translations

preliminary in Dutch is voorafgaand, preliminair
preliminary in Italian is introduttivo
preliminary in Portuguese is preliminar