from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or constituting an introduction; initial or preparatory: synonym: preliminary.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective introducing; giving a preview or idea of

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

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


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