Meaning of PRELIMINARY in English

adj., n., & adv.

adj. introductory, preparatory.

n. (pl. -ies) (usu. in pl.) 1 a preliminary action or arrangement (dispense with the preliminaries). 2 a preliminary trial or contest.

adv. (foll. by to) preparatory to; in advance of (was completed preliminary to the main event). preliminarily adv.

[ mod.L praeliminaris or F préliminaire (as PRE-, L limen liminis threshold) ]

Concise Oxford English dictionary.      Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка.