Pre·lim·i·na·ry a. 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.
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.
adj : designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before
proceeding; "a preliminary investigation"
n 1: a minor match preceding the main event [syn: prelim]
2: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces
what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to
employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner" [syn: overture,