prefatory

[ pref-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈprɛf əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

of, relating to, or of the nature of a preface: prefatory explanations.
Often pref·a·to·ri·al.

Origin of prefatory

1665–75; < Latin praefāt(iō) preface + -ory1
Related formspref·a·to·ri·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prefatory

prefatory

prefatorial (ˌprɛfəˈtɔːrɪəl)

/ (ˈprɛfətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

of, involving, or serving as a preface; introductory
Derived Formsprefatorily or prefatorially, adverb

Word Origin for prefatory

C17: from Latin praefārī to say in advance; see preface
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Word Origin and History for prefatory

prefatory


adj.

1670s, from Latin praefat-, past participle stem of praefari (see preface (n.)) + -ory.

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