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English definition of “prefatory”

prefatory

adjective     /ˈpref.ə.tər.i/ US  /-tɔːr-/ formal
coming at the beginning of a piece of writing or a speech: After a few prefatory comments/remarks, she began her speech. → Synonym introductoryFirst and firstly
(Definition of prefatory adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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