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Synonyms for preliminary
prɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preliminary, prelim(noun)

    a minor match preceding the main event

    preliminary exam, overture, preliminary examination, prelim, prelude

    unexplorative, nonexplorative, nonexploratory, unexploratory

  2. preliminary, overture, prelude(adj)

    something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

    "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"

    approach, feeler, overture, advance, prelim, prelude

    nonexploratory, unexplorative, unexploratory, nonexplorative

  3. preliminary(adj)

    denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding

    "a preliminary investigation"

    unexploratory, nonexploratory, nonexplorative, unexplorative


  1. preliminary(noun)

    definitive, final

  2. preliminary(adjective)

    in preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory

    These are just the preliminary results.

    final, definitive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. preliminary

    Antecedent may denote simple priority in time, implying no direct connection between that which goes before and that which follows; as, the striking of one clock may be always antecedent to the striking of another with no causal connection between them. Antecedent and previous may refer to that which goes or happens at any distance in advance, preceding is limited to that which is immediately or next before; an antecedent event may have happened at any time before; the preceding transaction is the one completed just before the one with which it is compared; a previous statement or chapter may be in any part of the book that has gone before; the preceding statement or chapter comes next before without an interval. Previous often signifies first by right; as, a previous engagement. Foregoing is used only of that which is spoken or written; as, the foregoing statements. Anterior, while it can be used of time, is coming to be employed chiefly with reference to place; as the anterior lobes of the brain. Prior bears exclusive reference to time, and commonly where that which is first in time is first also in right; as, a prior demand. Former is used of time, or of position in written or printed matter, not of space in general. We can say former times, a former chapter, etc., but not the former part of a garden; we should say the front part of the garden, the forward car of a train. Former has a close relation, or sharp contrast, with something following; the former always implies the latter, even when not fully expressed, as in Acts i, 1, and Eccles. vii, 10.

    antecedent, anterior, earlier, foregoing, former, forward, front, introductory, precedent, preceding, previous, prior

    after, concluding, consequent, following, hind, hinder, hindmost, later, latter, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

    Such was the state of things previous to the revolution. [Previous to is often used adverbially, in constructions where previously to would be more strictly correct; as, these arrangements were made previous to my departure.]

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. preliminary

    previous, proemial, precursive, prelusory, antecedent, preparatory

    subsequent, consequent, following

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. preliminary(a.)

    introductory, preparatory, prefatory, proemial, prelusive, precursory, previous, prior, precedent

  2. preliminary(n.)

    introduction, PRELUDE, preparatory step

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  1. John Maynard Keynes:

    A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.

  2. John Rumsfeld:

    The current study is a preliminary,' first step' evaluation of a potential relationship between exhaustion and atrial fibrillation, it is purely an observational study -- it can not conclude a causal relationship, or even which direction such a relationship would go.

  3. Elias Rodriguez:

    Our preliminary results do show that there was a presence of methyl bromide in the unit where the family was staying.

  4. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    We hope to get the preliminary results in mid-2016. It is a long wait but it reflects the scope of the inquiry.

  5. Margrethe Vestager:

    Gazprom is dominant in all these markets, our preliminary view alleges that Gazprom is abusing this position.

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