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Oxford dictionary definition of the word preliminary:
preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important:
a preliminary draft
the discussions were seen as preliminary to the policy paper
noun (plural preliminaries)
a preliminary action or event:
the bombardment was resumed as a preliminary to an infantry attack
(preliminaries) business or talk, especially of a formulaic or polite nature, taking place before an action or event:
she began speaking, without preliminaries
a preliminary round in a sporting competition.
(preliminaries) the prelims of a text.
preparatory to; in advance of.