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English definition of “prefatory”

prefatory

adjective uk   /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
First and firstly
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