preliminary

  • 1preliminary — pre‧lim‧i‧na‧ry [prɪˈlɪmnri ǁ neri] adjective [only before a noun] coming before something more official, more important etc: • Preliminary estimates indicate that earnings will decline substantially from a year ago. • The group will set the… …

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  • 2preliminary — pre·lim·i·nary /pri li mə ˌner ē/ adj: coming before and usu. serving as a temporary or intermediate step to something preliminary negotiations a preliminary payment plan preliminary n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 3preliminary — adj Preliminary, introductory, preparatory, prefatory describe something that serves to make ready the way for something else. Preliminary suggests reference to what must be done or made ready or acquired before entrance into some definitive… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4Preliminary — may refer to:*Preliminary English Test *Preliminary examination *Preliminary finals *Preliminary hearing *Preliminary Multistate Bar Review *Preliminary Notice …

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  • 5Preliminary — Pre*lim i*na*ry, a. [Pref. pre + L. liminaris belonging to a threshold, fr. limen, liminis, threshold, entrance: cf. F. pr[ e]liminaire. Cf. {Limit}.] Introductory; previous; preceding the main discourse or business; prefatory; as, preliminary… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6preliminary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important. ► NOUN (pl. preliminaries) 1) a preliminary action or event. 2) a preliminary round in a sporting competition. ORIGIN Latin praeliminaris, from prae before +… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7preliminary — [prē lim′ə ner΄ē, prilim′ə ner΄ē] adj. [< Fr préliminaire or ModL praeliminaris < L prae (see PRE ) + L liminaris, of a threshold < limen, threshold (see LIMEN)] coming before or leading up to the main action, discussion, business, etc.; …

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  • 8preliminary — [adj] introductory, initial basic, elemental, elementary, exploratory, first, fundamental, inductive, initiatory, opening, pilot, preceding, precursory, prefatory, preparatory, preparing, primal, primary, prior, qualifying, readying, test, trial; …

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  • 9Preliminary — Pre*lim i*na*ry, n.; pl. {Preliminaries}. 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10preliminary — 1650s, from Fr. préliminaire or M.L. praeliminaris, from L. prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + limen (gen. liminis) threshold. A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years War …

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  • 11preliminary — Introductory; initiatory; preceding; temporary and provisional; as preliminary examination, injunction, articles of peace, etc @ preliminary complaint In some states, a court without jurisdiction to hear a criminal case on its merits may issue a… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 12preliminary — 01. The [preliminary] results of our experiment look very encouraging, so we re quite excited. 02. He struggled somewhat in the [preliminary] round of the tournament, but really started to come on in the semi finals. 03. The officials went… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13preliminary — preliminarily, adv. /pri lim euh ner ee/, adj., n., pl. preliminaries. adj. 1. preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory: preliminary examinations. n. 2. something preliminary, as an introductory or …

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  • 14preliminary — pre|lim|i|na|ry1 [prıˈlımınəri US neri] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: préliminaire, from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, from Latin limen threshold ] happening before something that is more important, often in order to… …

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  • 15preliminary — [[t]prɪlɪ̱mɪnri, AM neri[/t]] preliminaries 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Preliminary activities or discussions take place at the beginning of an event, often as a form of preparation. Preliminary results show the Republican party with 11 percent of the vote …

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  • 16preliminary — I. noun (plural naries) Etymology: French préliminaires, plural, from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, adjective, preliminary, from Latin prae pre + limin , limen threshold Date: 1656 something that precedes or is introductory or preparatory: as a.… …

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  • 17preliminary — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ essential (esp. BrE), necessary ▪ usual (esp. BrE) ▪ After the usual preliminaries the meeting began. PREPOSITION ▪ …

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  • 18preliminary — pre•lim•i•nar•y [[t]prɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr i[/t]] adj. n. pl. nar•ies 1) preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory 2) something preliminary, as an introductory or preparatory step, measure, or stage 3) spo a …

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  • 19preliminary — 1. adjective the discussions are still at a preliminary stage Syn: preparatory, introductory, initial, opening, prefatory, precursory; early, exploratory Ant: final 2. noun 1) (preliminaries) he began without any preliminaries …

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  • 20preliminary — I adj. preliminary to II n. preliminary to * * * [prɪ lɪmɪn(ə)rɪ] preliminary to …

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