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prolegomenous

[ proh-li-gom-uh-nuhs ]
/ ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm ə nəs /
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adjective

prefatory; preliminary; introductory.
characterized by unnecessary or lengthy prologuizing.

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Origin of prolegomenous

First recorded in 1740–50; prolegomen(on) + -ous
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