American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a preface; introductory. See Synonyms at preliminary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to a preface; serving as or resembling a preface; introductory.
- Synonyms Introductory, preliminary, precursory, preparatory. See introduction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a preface; introductory to a book, essay, or discourse.
- adj. serving as an introduction or preface
- 1670s, from Medieval Latin *praefator + -ory (“agent”), from Medieval Latin prefatia (whence preface), for classical Latin praefatio ("a saying beforehand") – see preface for details. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin praefātus, past participle of praefārī, to say before; see preface. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While others seem to have omitted the important detail of everything, what you put forward prefatory is unconstrained and perfectly stated.”
“The question-begging leap of logic here is Posner's interjection of "since," when dealing with the connection between the what's known as the prefatory and operative clauses of the 2nd Amendment.”
“By reading the amendment backwards, Scalia begins with an unfettered right "to keep and bear arms" (look, that's what it says!), and, having established such a right, the mere "prefatory" words of the first half of the amendment become nothing more than window dressing.”
“The landlady first gave a kind of prefatory yell, which was only a prelude of war-whoop, introductory to that which was to follow.”
“Legal Adviser Koh alluded to the importance and, within the executive branch and the State Department, the independent weight of that traditional jurisprudence in the beginning of his speech, in which he made some important — but by the press largely not-understood as being important — prefatory framing remarks about the internal jurisprudence of the executive branch.”
“There's the usual prefatory shenanigans with father Pod (Christopher Eccleston) mountain-climbing the stairs to get into a tin of Quality Street, while his bored teenager Arrietty (Aisling Loftus) sulks in her sleeping bag (a hiking sock) and missus Homily (Sharon Horgan) busies herself in a kitchenette fashioned from pencil stubs and bottle tops.”
“For good measure there is even a prefatory skiffle session and musical interludes by Grant Olding.”
“Everything here is true," he proclaims in a prefatory note.”
“There was no prefatory statement (to my knowledge) saying “These things I believe, now and forever”?”
“But last year, and again yesterday morning, I became thoroughly fixated on one strange aspect of those moving, prefatory, deeply private moments in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14: 32 – 42).”
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