from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or serving as a prelude; introductory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Acting as a prelude; preliminary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of the nature of a prelude; introductory; indicating that something of a like kind is to follow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving as a prelude; introductory; indicative of the future; premonitory.
From the past participle stem of Latin praelūdere + -ive. (Wiktionary)