preliminary step

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I have come simply to consult you as a preliminary step.
As a preliminary step, I was released from my promise to her.
Would not the prospect of a total indemnity for all the preliminary steps be a greater temptation to undertake and persevere in an enterprise against the public liberty, than the mere prospect of an exemption from death and confiscation, if the final execution of the design, upon an actual appeal to arms, should miscarry?
The CFPB has put out a request for information as a preliminary step before rulemaking, which is required by the Dodd-Frank Act, a section of which amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to report information concerning credit applications made by women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses in order to facilitate enforcement of fair lending laws.
This accomplishment is a preliminary step toward full-scale economic reforms, said Al-Ghanim who indicated that the prime problem in the sector remained concentration of large numbers of the workforce in the public sector.
He stressed the necessity to shorten the distance between Lebanon and emigrants in the world as a preliminary step towards giving the emigrants their rights.
Tenders are invited for consultant to research, analyze, and update the genealogy of the talimali band of apalachee indians (the tribe), as a preliminary step to a future development of a petition for federal acknowledgement to the us department of the interior, bureau of indian affairs, office of federal acknowledgment, pursuant to the administrative procedures under 25 c.
Fathy said the discussions were a preliminary step to signing a MoU between EgyptAir and AVIC.
A member of municipality told France Press that building work would not commence now in Al-Swari neighborhood, and that this is only a preliminary step.
Talks between the government and the Irish company would be a preliminary step towards any potential binding proposal, the news agency added today.
The preliminary step of a vote requesting the referendum was held in June but failed by a wide margin, collecting less than half of the required ballots.
The spokesman said this is not a FIFA investigation, but a preliminary step, fully in line with how any normal procedure would be conducted by FIFA's Disciplinary Department, adding until they establish more details, they cannot speculate on any sanctions, or indeed any next steps.

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