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Preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important
“The preparation of the preliminary report by Tobin Consultants will take approximately six months to complete.”
In an experimental or test stage
“The trial is still in preliminary stages, but the project's scientists are optimistic.”
Serving to qualify a person or group for inclusion
“Each division contains at least two contestants, guaranteeing that at least half the contestants will be eliminated in the preliminary round.”
Arranged or existing for the present, possibly to be changed later
In a crude or unfinished state
Still to be fully tested or verified
A preliminary action or event occurring before another
“Some account of this earlier observation is, therefore, a necessary preliminary to the main investigation.”
Talk or remarks taking place before an action or event
“With this crucial preliminary out of the way, we are ready to begin.”
(usually used in plural form "essentials") A fundamental element or characteristic
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