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    preliminary - Dictionary definition and meaning for word preliminary

    (noun) a minor match preceding the main event
    Synonyms : prelim
    (noun) something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    Synonyms : overture , prelude
    Example Sentence
    • training is a necessary preliminary to employment
    • drinks were the overture to dinner
    (adj) denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding
    Example Sentence
    • a preliminary investigation
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