prefatory

[pref-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

adjective

of, relating to, or of the nature of a preface: prefatory explanations.

Nearby words

  1. prefab,
  2. prefabricate,
  3. prefabricated,
  4. prefabrication,
  5. preface,
  6. prefect,
  7. prefect apostolic,
  8. prefectorial,
  9. prefectural,
  10. prefecture

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)

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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