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.

Etymology: mod.L praeliminaris or F pr{eacute}liminaire (as PRE-, L limen liminis threshold)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.