preliminary Definition

  • 1denoting an action or event preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important
  • 2serving as a preliminary to something

Using preliminary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "preliminary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The team had a preliminary meeting to discuss the project.

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    The preliminary results of the study were promising.

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    The athlete had to compete in the preliminary round before advancing to the finals.

preliminary Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for preliminary

Phrases with preliminary

  • an initial inquiry or examination to gather information and determine the scope of a potential investigation


    The police conducted a preliminary investigation to determine if there was enough evidence to warrant a full investigation.

  • a legal proceeding held to determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial


    The defendant's lawyer requested a preliminary hearing to challenge the prosecution's evidence.

  • an initial stage of a competition, usually used to eliminate weaker competitors before the main event


    The preliminary round of the spelling bee was challenging, but the finalists were well-prepared.

Origins of preliminary

from Latin 'praeliminarius', meaning 'of what is done beforehand'


Summary: preliminary in Brief

The term 'preliminary' [prɪˈlɪmɪnəri] describes actions or events that precede or prepare for something more significant. It can refer to meetings, results, or rounds, such as 'The athlete had to compete in the preliminary round before advancing to the finals.' 'Preliminary' is often used in legal contexts, such as 'preliminary hearing,' which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial.