noun, plural pre·lim·i·nar·ies.
- preliminary sat/national merit qualifying test,
- prelingually deaf,
Origin of preliminary
Examples from the Web for preliminarily
One must preliminarily have acquired the qualities necessary to drive a locomotive before deciding to set it going.Dictatorship vs. Democracy|Leon Trotsky
The actual marriage was preliminarily postponed, on account of the tender age of the bride.The Story of Norway|Hjalmar H. Boyesen
"Your grace, preliminarily, can still consider this garden as your own property," he respectfully responded.The Daughter of an Empress|Louise Muhlbach
But, preliminarily, you must do one or two more exercises in tinting.The Crown of Wild Olive|John Ruskin
The conclusions of the Consular Committee were then preliminarily examined and discussed.The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis|Karl Nordlund
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.