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Definitions of preliminary:
  • noun:   something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    Example: "Training is a necessary preliminary to employment"
  • noun:   a minor match preceding the main event
  • adjective:   designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding
    Example: "A preliminary investigation"

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