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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting an introduction.
  • adj. Serving to introduce. See Synonyms at preliminary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. introducing; giving a preview or idea of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to introduce something else; leading to the main subject or business; preliminary; prefatory

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving to introduce something; prefatory; preliminary: as, introductory remarks.
  • Synonyms Preparatory, etc. (see preliminary); precursory, proëmial.
  • n. An introduction; a treatise giving the elements or simplest parts of a subject.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving as an introduction or preface
  • adj. serving as a base or starting point
  • adj. serving to open or begin

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