- preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory: preliminary examinations.
- something preliminary, as an introductory or preparatory step, measure, contest, etc.: He passed the preliminary and went on to the finals.
- a boxing match or other athletic contest that takes place before the main event on the program: A preliminary was fought at 8:00.
- a preliminary examination, as of a candidate for an academic degree.
- preliminaries, Printing. front matter.
Origin of preliminary
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Examples from the Web for preliminarily
But, preliminarily, you must do one or two more exercises in tinting.The Crown of Wild Olive
The actual marriage was preliminarily postponed, on account of the tender age of the bride.The Story of Norway
Hjalmar H. Boyesen
By the adoption of the foregoing resolution, the area of a reservation was preliminarily defined.The Niagara River
Archer Butler Hulbert
The conclusions of the Consular Committee were then preliminarily examined and discussed.The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis
"Your grace, preliminarily, can still consider this garden as your own property," he respectfully responded.The Daughter of an Empress
- (usually prenominal) occurring before or in preparation; introductory
- a preliminary event or occurrence
- an eliminating contest held before the main competition
Word Origin and History for preliminarily
1660s, from French préliminaire and directly from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + limen (genitive liminis) "threshold" (see limit (n.)). A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years' War. Earliest attested form in English is preliminaries (n.), 1650s.