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Pronunciation:  pri'limu`neree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
  2. [n]  a minor match preceding the main event
  3. [adj]  designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding; "a preliminary investigation"

PRELIMINARY is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: explorative, exploratory, overture, prelim, prelude
 See Also: athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics, inception, origin, origination



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 observations to a
    discourse or book; preliminary articles to a treaty;
    preliminary measures; preliminary examinations.
    Syn: Introductory; preparatory; prefatory; proemial;
         previous; prior; precedent; antecedent.
  2. \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 entering college.
    Syn: Introduction; preface; prelude.