preliminary


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preliminary

adjective aforementioned, antecedent, anterior, beginning, coming before, early, exordial, former, inaugural, incipient, initial, initiatory, opening, original, preceding, precursive, precursory, preexisting, prefatory, preludial, prelusive, prelusory, preparative, preparatory, prevenient, previous, primary, prior, proemial, starting, trial
Associated concepts: preliminary agreement, preliminary hearing, preliminary injunction, preliminary notice, preeiminary plea, preliminary relief, preliminary restraining order
See also: antecedent, before mentioned, inchoate, initial, last, original, overture, preceding, precursory, preparatory, previous, prior

PRELIMINARY. Something which precedes, as preliminaries of peace, which are the first sketch of a treaty, and contain the principal articles on which both parties are desirous of concluding, and which are to serve as the basis of the treaty.

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So soon as this preliminary was completed, the three worthies left the house, and proceeded by the nearest road toward the hut.
He began his preliminary stare with a conscious sense of power, and, as it appeared to have immediate effect on the girl, he felt an ever-growing conviction of ultimate victory.
gowned in black in his intermittent character of sexton) was taking a preliminary survey of the scene before marshalling his forces.
The seal broken - the spectacles put on - the preliminary cough having sounded - every one pricked up his ears.
I suppose it was that in courtship everything is regarded as provisional and preliminary, and the smallest sample of virtue or accomplishment is taken to guarantee delightful stores which the broad leisure of marriage will reveal.
It is not expedient to burden this preliminary to my story with further details, which I do make asseveration I possess a-plenty.
Armed with this ominous letter of introduction, I kicked a chair down against the folding-doors, by way of giving a preliminary knock to arouse the housekeeper's attention.
Passing over the preliminary remarks, Emily read the evidence with the closest attention.
When out at dinner I noticed the kindly, genial glow of the preliminary cocktail.
There was the clergyman's preliminary look at the license--which meant official caution.
I was allowed to see the first trial, or preliminary rehearsal, of this work of art.
The members of the Gun Club remained at Tampa Town, for the purpose of setting on foot the preliminary works by the aid of the people of the country.