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From the French préliminaire or from the Modern Latin prælīmināris, formed from præ (before) + līmen, līmin- (threshold) + -āris (adjectival suffix); compare the Latin līmināris (of or belonging to a threshold).

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preliminary (not comparable)

  1. In preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory.
    Synonyms: initial, introductory, preparatory
    Antonyms: definitive, final
    These are just the preliminary results.

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preliminary (plural preliminaries)

  1. A preparation for a main matter; an introduction
  2. Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
  3. A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing

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