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prolegomenous

[proh-li-gom-uh-nuh s]
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adjective
  1. prefatory; preliminary; introductory.
  2. 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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