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Preliminary

Pre`lim´i`na`ry
a.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.
n.1.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.
Noun1.preliminary - a minor match preceding the main event
Synonyms: prelim
2.preliminary - something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
Synonyms: prelude, overture
Adj.1.preliminary - designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding; "a preliminary investigation"

PRELIMINARY. Something which precedes, as preliminaries of peace, which are the first sketch of a treaty, and contain the principal articles on which both parties are desirous of concluding, and which are to serve as the basis of the treaty.

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