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prefatory

[ pref-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈprɛf əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective
of, relating to, or of the nature of a preface: prefatory explanations.
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Often pref·a·to·ri·al .

Origin of prefatory

1665–75; <Latin praefāt() preface + -ory1

OTHER WORDS FROM prefatory

pref·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 forms of prefatory

prefatorily or prefatorially, adverb

Word Origin for prefatory

C17: from Latin praefārī to say in advance; see preface
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