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preliminary /prɪˈlɪməˌneri/  /Brit prɪˈlɪmənri/

  • adjective
    coming before the main part of something
    The preliminary [=earlyresults of the experiment are encouraging.
    a preliminary hearing
    The team was eliminated in the preliminary round of the tournament.
    research that is preliminary to the study
    plural -naries
    [count] something that comes first in order to prepare for or introduce the main part of something else - often + to
    There will be a short briefing about topics to be discussed as a preliminary to the meeting.
    usually plural
    a game that is played before the main part of a competition to decide which players or teams will be allowed to continue playing - usually plural