preliminary – Done in preparation for something important
To remember the definition of the word preliminary, use the following mnemonic:
His pre-military (preliminary) experience had prepared him well for something more important in the army.
Examples of preliminary in a sentence
Upon his preliminary inspection, he was approved to move on to the next round.
A preliminary check of the house showed that it was free of any noticeable damage.
Though he passed the preliminary exam, further testing proved he was not ready to begin.