Synonyms of preliminary in English:

preliminary


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adjective

1‘the discussions are still at a preliminary stage’

SYNONYMS
preparatory, introductory, initial, opening, prefatory, prior, preceding, lead-in, initiatory, precursory
early, advance, exploratory, pilot, test, trial, experimental, explorative
rare precursive, prodromal, prodromic, preludial, prelusive, prelusory
ANTONYMS

concluding

2‘the preliminary rounds of the European Cup’

SYNONYMS
qualifying, eliminating
ANTONYMS

closing, final


noun

1‘without any preliminaries, he began interrogating me’

SYNONYMS
introduction, preamble, opening, opening remarks, prefatory remarks, formalities

2‘political activity was seen as a necessary preliminary to the resumption of the military campaign’

SYNONYMS
prelude, preparation, preliminary measure, preparatory measure, preliminary action, overture, groundwork, first round

Phrases

    preliminary to

    ‘the geese gather in the estuaries, preliminary to their flight southwards’


    SYNONYMS
    in preparation for, before, in advance of, prior to, ahead of, preparatory to