Meaning of PRELIMINARY in English

I. pri-ˈli-mə-ˌner-ē noun

( plural -nar·ies )

Etymology: French préliminaires, plural, from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, adjective, preliminary, from Latin prae- pre- + limin-, limen threshold

Date: 1656

: something that precedes or is introductory or preparatory: as

a. : a preliminary scholastic examination

b. plural , British : front matter

c. : a preliminary heat or trial (as of a race)

d. : a minor match preceding the main event (as of a boxing card)

II. adjective

Date: circa 1667

: coming before and usually forming a necessary prelude to something else

preliminary studies

preliminary results

• pre·lim·i·nar·i·ly -ˌli-mə-ˈner-ə-lē adverb

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.