Synonyms for preliminary

Synonyms for (noun) preliminary

Synonyms: overture, preliminary, prelude

Definition: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

Usage: training is a necessary preliminary to employment; drinks were the overture to dinner

Similar words: origin, origination, inception

Definition: an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events


Synonyms: prelim, preliminary

Definition: a minor match preceding the main event

Similar words: athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics

Definition: a contest between athletes

Synonyms for (adjective) preliminary

Synonyms: preliminary

Definition: denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding

Usage: a preliminary investigation

Similar words: explorative, exploratory

Definition: serving in or intended for exploration or discovery

Usage: an exploratory operation; exploratory reconnaissance; digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico; exploratory talks between diplomats