Meaning of preliminary
Pronunciation: (pri-lim'u-ner"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -nar•ies.
- preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory: preliminary examinations.
- something preliminary, as an introductory or preparatory step, measure, contest, etc.: He passed the preliminary and went on to the finals.
- a boxing match or other athletic contest that takes place before the main event on the program: A preliminary was fought at 8:00.
- a preliminary examination, as of a candidate for an academic degree.
- preliminary (Thesaurus)