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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preliminary  \Pre*lim"i*na*ry\,  a.  [Pref.  pre  +  L.  liminaris 
  belonging  to  a  threshold,  fr  limen,  liminis  threshold, 
  entrance:  cf  F.  pr['e]liminaire.  Cf  {Limit}.] 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preliminary  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  designed  to  orient  or  acquaint  with  the  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}, 

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