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Synonyms for preliminary
prɪˈlɪm əˌnɛr ipre·lim·i·na·ry

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. preliminarynoun

    Antonyms:
    definitive, final

  2. preliminaryadjective

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

    These are just the preliminary results.

    Antonyms:
    final, definitive

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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.

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

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

    Preposition:
    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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. preliminary

    Synonyms:
    previous, proemial, precursive, prelusory, antecedent, preparatory

    Antonyms:
    subsequent, consequent, following

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. preliminary, prelimnoun

    a minor match preceding the main event

    Synonyms:
    preliminary exam, overture, preliminary examination, prelim, prelude

    Antonyms:
    unexplorative, nonexplorative, nonexploratory, unexploratory

  2. preliminary, overture, preludeadjective

    something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

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

    Synonyms:
    approach, feeler, overture, advance, prelim, prelude

    Antonyms:
    nonexploratory, unexplorative, unexploratory, nonexplorative

  3. preliminaryadjective

    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"

    Antonyms:
    unexploratory, nonexploratory, nonexplorative, unexplorative

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. preliminaryadjective

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

  2. preliminarynoun

    Synonyms:
    introduction, PRELUDE, preparatory step

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How to use preliminary in a sentence?

  1. Robert DePalma:

    But two of those were wildly different in composition. You had spikes in chromium and nickel and some other elements that are only common in meteoritic material and those fragments based on our preliminary analysis... are almost certainly of cosmic origin. this example of what might be a little tiny fragment, maybe micrograms, of the colliding asteroid -- the fact that a record of that is preserved, would be mind-blowing.

  2. Cartel Office:

    According to our preliminary assessment IBM holds a dominant position here in the European Economic Area which would have been further strengthened by acquiring personnel and essential infrastructure from its competitor, T-Systems.

  3. Andrew Smith:

    But there were only about 10,000 [voters], and based on the preliminary evidence, it was mostly older voters who tend to go conservative down here anyway, as opposed to the younger voters who might have swung the election in a different way had they shown up.

  4. Pima County Attorney Laura Conover:

    Our criminal prosecutors conducted a preliminary review to determine what additional aspects of the incident required further investigation to do this case justice, by early summer, it became clear we would begin the work to convene a grand jury to seek criminal charges.

  5. Eric Schmitt:

    We’re asking the court to side with our office and issue a preliminary injunction, which would require the Biden Administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols, my office will never back down from fighting human trafficking and ensuring that all six million Missourians are safe.


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