preliminary
Pronunciation
  • (America) enPR: prĭlĭmʹĭnĕri, IPA: /pɹɪˈlɪmɪnɛɹi/
  • (RP) enPR: prĭlĭmʹĭnəri, IPA: /pɹɪˈlɪmɪnəɹi/
Adjective

preliminary (not comparable)

  1. In preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory.
    Synonyms: initial, introductory, preparatory
    Antonyms: definitive, final
    These are just the preliminary results.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 1, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      And then, after a few preliminary tries, the whole farm burst out into 'Beasts of England' in tremendous unison.
Translations Noun

preliminary (plural preliminaries)

  1. A preparation for a main matter; an introduction
  2. Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
  3. A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing



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