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preliminary

noun [C usually plural]     /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 ).Preceding and introducing
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