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English adjective: preliminary

1. preliminary denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding


SamplesA preliminary investigation.


Similarexplorative, exploratory


Antonymsnonexplorative, nonexploratory, unexplorative, unexploratory


English noun: preliminary

1. preliminary (event) a minor match preceding the main event


Synonymsprelim


Broader (hypernym)athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics

2. preliminary (event) something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows


SamplesTraining is a necessary preliminary to employment.
Drinks were the overture to dinner.


Synonymsoverture, prelude


Broader (hypernym)inception, origin, origination









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