By the adoption of the foregoing resolution, the area of a reservation was preliminarily defined.
But, preliminarily, you must do one or two more exercises in tinting.
The actual marriage was preliminarily postponed, on account of the tender age of the bride.
The conclusions of the Consular Committee were then preliminarily examined and discussed.
One must preliminarily have acquired the qualities necessary to drive a locomotive before deciding to set it going.
"Your grace, preliminarily, can still consider this garden as your own property," he respectfully responded.
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.