preliminary


preliminary
01. The [preliminary] results of our experiment look very encouraging, so we're quite excited.
02. He struggled somewhat in the [preliminary] round of the tournament, but really started to come on in the semi-finals.
03. The officials went through the required [preliminaries] of explaining the rules before the match began.
04. [Preliminary] meetings suggest that there will be little trouble coming to an agreement.
05. Based on the [preliminary] findings of the study, researchers now say that the disease is quite different from what they had originally suspected.
06. The Jamaican sprinter dominated in the [preliminaries], but faltered somewhat in the final.
07. She did a number of [preliminary] sketches before beginning the final painting.
08. Following a [preliminary] diagnosis in his office, the doctor ordered a series of tests to be done on the patient.
09. A [preliminary] report has been released, and the final report should be completed within about three months.
10. A [preliminary] assessment suggests that the area may have significant oil deposits.
11. After the usual [preliminaries], we got down to business.
12. The great Italian painter Caravaggio made no [preliminary] drawings of his works; he painted directly on the canvas.
13. [Preliminary] results show the Liberals leading in five ridings, and the Conservatives in one.
14. Albert Pike once remarked that doubt is the essential [preliminary] of all improvement and discovery.
15. Elias Lieberman once observed that in the lives of successful men and women, defeats have been but [preliminary] skirmishes on the high road to victory.

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  • preliminary — pre‧lim‧i‧na‧ry [prɪˈlɪmnri ǁ neri] adjective [only before a noun] coming before something more official, more important etc: • Preliminary estimates indicate that earnings will decline substantially from a year ago. • The group will set the… …   Financial and business terms

  • preliminary — pre·lim·i·nary /pri li mə ˌner ē/ adj: coming before and usu. serving as a temporary or intermediate step to something preliminary negotiations a preliminary payment plan preliminary n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • preliminary — adj Preliminary, introductory, preparatory, prefatory describe something that serves to make ready the way for something else. Preliminary suggests reference to what must be done or made ready or acquired before entrance into some definitive… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Preliminary — may refer to:*Preliminary English Test *Preliminary examination *Preliminary finals *Preliminary hearing *Preliminary Multistate Bar Review *Preliminary Notice …   Wikipedia

  • Preliminary — Pre*lim i*na*ry, a. [Pref. pre + L. liminaris belonging to a threshold, fr. limen, liminis, threshold, entrance: cf. F. pr[ e]liminaire. Cf. {Limit}.] Introductory; previous; preceding the main discourse or business; prefatory; as, preliminary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preliminary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important. ► NOUN (pl. preliminaries) 1) a preliminary action or event. 2) a preliminary round in a sporting competition. ORIGIN Latin praeliminaris, from prae before +… …   English terms dictionary

  • preliminary — [prē lim′ə ner΄ē, prilim′ə ner΄ē] adj. [< Fr préliminaire or ModL praeliminaris < L prae (see PRE ) + L liminaris, of a threshold < limen, threshold (see LIMEN)] coming before or leading up to the main action, discussion, business, etc.; …   English World dictionary

  • preliminary — [adj] introductory, initial basic, elemental, elementary, exploratory, first, fundamental, inductive, initiatory, opening, pilot, preceding, precursory, prefatory, preparatory, preparing, primal, primary, prior, qualifying, readying, test, trial; …   New thesaurus

  • Preliminary — Pre*lim i*na*ry, n.; pl. {Preliminaries}. That which precedes the main discourse, work, design, or business; something introductory or preparatory; as, the preliminaries to a negotiation or duel; to take one s preliminaries the year before… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preliminary — 1650s, from Fr. préliminaire or M.L. praeliminaris, from L. prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + limen (gen. liminis) threshold. A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years War …   Etymology dictionary

  • preliminary — Introductory; initiatory; preceding; temporary and provisional; as preliminary examination, injunction, articles of peace, etc @ preliminary complaint In some states, a court without jurisdiction to hear a criminal case on its merits may issue a… …   Black's law dictionary


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