- I(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Preliminary]Syn. prefatory, initial, incipient, initiatory, opening, early, prior, starting, beginning, precursory, preparatory, primary, original, anterior, provisional, explanatory, background; see also first 1 .Ant. principal*, substantial, secondary.2. [Elementary]Syn. rudimentary, basic, beginning; see sense 1; fundamental 1 .II(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.opening, beginning, starting, initial, preliminary, first, inaugural, preparatory, prefatory.ANT.: concluding, finalIII(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of, relating to, or occurring at the start of something: beginning, inceptive, incipient, initial, initiatory, leadoff. See START. 2. Before or in preparation for the main matter, action, or business: inductive, prefatory, preliminary, preparatory, prolegomenous. See START. 3. Serving to introduce a subject or person, for example: prefatory, preliminary, preparatory, prolegomenous. See START, WORDS.
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