noun, plural pre·lim·i·nar·ies.
Origin of preliminary
Synonyms for preliminary
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Examples from the Web for preliminaries
Historical Examples of preliminaries
She opened it and without any preliminaries handed it and the cheque to the banker.Her Father's Daughter
The preliminaries of the negotiation were adjusted at this interview.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
You can appear before the public and attend to all preliminaries.A Woman Intervenes
These preliminaries over, Dimples sets herself to pay for her seat.Lotus Buds
After the preliminaries of investigation were gone through, the witnesses were called.The Shadow of a Crime
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for preliminary
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.