Type: noun, adjective

Definitions: (noun) Something preliminary comes first, helping to introduce or prepare for the main part. (adjective) If something is preliminary, it comes before the main part of something.

Examples: (noun) The meeting will be a preliminary before the guests begin their speeches. (adjective) Preliminary tests show that the new drug may help people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Synonyms: adjectives: introductory, initial. nouns: beginning, foundation, opening.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 9 B