Definition of preliminary:
prelusive, front, barely, inductive, unperfected, preliminary examination, feeler, prior, approach, plot, strategy, card, anterior, advance, agreement, prefatory, primary, sketchy, rough, prelim, since, blueprint, arrangements, earlier, words, plan, prelude, crown, preparation, antecedent, precedent, tentative, prefatory, tactic, challenge, close season, clash, championship, planning, prolegomenous, forward, before, start, explorative, preliminary exam, the Commonwealth Games, preparative, overture, foregoing, former, contest, previous, bye, conspiracy, unpolished, unfinished, preceding, exploratory, Cup, by the time.
beginning (part of speech: adjective)
" You can't hate them more than I do," said Meldon, " and you can rely upon me to bring things to their crisis, their preliminary crisis- the actual marriage can't take place for a fortnight- as soon as possible."- "The Simpkins Plot", George A. Birmingham.
- "A Trooper Galahad", Charles King.
- "Audrey Craven", May Sinclair.