preliminary


preliminary
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 preliminary pricing for $235 million revenue bonds.

• They obtained a preliminary injunction (= a legal ruling, stopping someone doing something ) against the company.

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preliminary UK US /prɪˈlɪmɪnəri/ US  /prɪˈlɪmɪneri/ adjective
coming before or done to prepare for a main or more important action, event, etc: preliminary data/numbers/statistics »

The preliminary numbers indicate that all classes of creditors have accepted the plan.

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A final report showed inflation rising 2.4%, up from a preliminary estimate of 2.3%.

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He emphasized that the commissioner's decision is only preliminary.

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The National Transportation Safety Board, in a preliminary report, did not say what may have caused the crash.

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The case was dismissed because prosecutors were not ready for the preliminary hearing.

preliminary agreement/approval/decision »

The commission has given preliminary approval to another 27 projects totaling $3.1 billion.

a preliminary inquiry/investigation »

At present a preliminary investigation is under way.

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preliminary discussions/meetings/talks

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preliminary UK US /prɪˈlɪmɪnəri/ US  /prɪˈlɪmɪneri/ noun [C, usually plural] (plural preliminaries)
an event or action that prepares for or introduces something: »

After the greetings and other preliminaries, the meeting got down to serious business.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • 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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