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preliminary

pre·lim·i·nar·y

preliminary

 
pronunciation:
prih lI m ner i
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition: coming before, esp. in preparation for, something else.
Our team lost in the preliminary round and won't be going to the final competition.The school principal made some preliminary remarks before the guest speaker addressed the students.I did poorly on the preliminary exam, so I'll have to study harder for the final.
synonyms:
introductory, preparatory
antonyms:
final
similar words:
precursory, prefatory, prior
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: preliminaries
definition 1: something prior or preparatory.
Let's skip the preliminaries today and get on to the matters we need to decide on.
synonyms:
prelude
antonyms:
final
similar words:
introduction, preamble, preface, prologue
definition 2: a preliminary examination, contest, or the like.
All six skaters did well in the preliminary.
antonyms:
final
similar words:
prelim, pretest