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preliminary adj : designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding; "a preliminary investigation"


1 a minor match preceding the main event [syn: prelim]
2 something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner" [syn: overture, prelude]

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  1. in preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory
    These are just the preliminary results.



in preparation for the main matter


  1. A preparation for a main matter; an introduction
  2. Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
  3. A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing

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