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preliminary

adjective [before noun] uk   /prɪˈlɪm.ɪ.nər.i/ us    /-ə.ner-/
C1 coming before a more important action or event, especially introducing or preparing for it: Preliminary results show that the vaccine is effective, but this has to be confirmed by further medical trials. We've decided to change the design based on our preliminary findings.

preliminary

noun [C usually plural] uk   /prɪˈlɪm.ɪ.nər.i/ us    /-ə.ner-/
an event or action that introduces or prepares for something else: After a few polite preliminaries (= introductions), we stated our main ideas and intentions. The French team finished first in the competition preliminaries (= the first part of the competition).
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