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preliminary

noun [C, usually plural]     /prɪˈlɪmɪnəri/ US   /prɪˈlɪmɪneri/ (plural preliminaries)
an event or action that prepares for or introduces something: After the greetings and other preliminaries, the meeting got down to serious business.
(Definition of preliminary noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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