noun, plural pre·lim·i·nar·ies.
Origin of preliminary
Examples from the Web for preliminary
I testified merely eight feet from this monster at a preliminary hearing.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Preliminary results performed by Italian authorities “have not detected any manufacturing defect,” she added.
These preliminary results give us hope that the project will succeed in the coming years.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers|Wudan Yan|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He also is the editor of the journal, which seems to publish a lot of interesting if preliminary work.All These AIDS ‘Cures’ Are a Fantasy—One That Can Cause Real Harm|Kent Sepkowitz|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Data from 107 galaxies out of the preliminary sample is freely available to the astronomical community for study.
And this is all that is necessary as a preliminary to the discussion of just profits.Distributive Justice|John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
Notwithstanding this preliminary disturbance, the Old Girls' Guild was started with thirty-five members on the roll.The Luckiest Girl in the School|Angela Brazil
A small amount of preliminary work was done, but apparently proved unpromising.The History of Cuba, vol. 5|Willis Fletcher Johnson
He was also of opinion that it was unheard of to exhibit commissions previous to a preliminary colloquy.History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete|John Lothrop Motley
Before he left the preliminary papers had been drawn up and signed, and Roy Prescott found himself fairly launched in business.The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship|Margaret Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for preliminary
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for preliminary
Word Origin and History 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.