Preliminary - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |prɪˈlɪmɪneri|  American pronunciation of the word preliminary
Brit.  |prɪˈlɪmɪn(ə)ri|  British pronunciation of the word preliminary
- a minor match preceding the main event (syn: prelim)
- something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows (syn: overture, prelude)
training is a necessary preliminary to employment
- denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important
a preliminary investigation


...a meeting to discuss seating arrangements that was merely a preliminary to the formal negotiating sessions...

Preliminary findings show that the drug could help patients with skin cancer.

The team was eliminated in the preliminary round of the tournament.

research that is preliminary to the study

After a few polite preliminaries we stated out main ideas.

The discussions were preliminary to preparing a policy paper.

the preliminary stages of the competition

Pilot studies are a useful preliminary to large research projects.

After the usual preliminaries, the chairman made his announcement.

Four teams will be eliminated in the preliminaries.

The systematic teaching is a preliminary to professional work.

training is a necessary preliminary to employment

because some portions of the cover page are printed in red ink a preliminary prospectus is sometimes called a red herring

the judge's ruling was handed down in a preliminary hearing rather than a trial and was therefore unappealable

the synchronization of their watches was an important preliminary

Word forms

singular: preliminary
plural: preliminaries
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