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PRELIMINARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does preliminary mean? 

PRELIMINARY (noun)
  The noun PRELIMINARY has 2 senses:

1. a minor match preceding the main event
2. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

  Familiarity information: PRELIMINARY used as a noun is rare.


PRELIMINARY (adjective)
  The adjective PRELIMINARY has 1 sense:

1. designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding

  Familiarity information: PRELIMINARY used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRELIMINARY (noun)


Sense 1preliminary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A minor match preceding the main event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

prelim; preliminary

Hypernyms ("preliminary" is a kind of...):

athletic competition; athletic contest; athletics (a contest between athletes)


Sense 2preliminary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

prelude; overture; preliminary

Context examples:

training is a necessary preliminary to employment / drinks were the overture to dinner

Hypernyms ("preliminary" is a kind of...):

inception; origin; origination (an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events)


PRELIMINARY (adjective)


Sense 1preliminary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding

Context example:

a preliminary investigation

Similar:

explorative; exploratory (serving in or intended for exploration or discovery)


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