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  • adj. Preceding; going before; introductory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Preceding; going before; introductory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Going before; preceding; previous.


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  • You do still see it though; classic Epic Fantasy (or Epic SF, for that matter), with its wandering PoV — pseudo-omniscient, multiple third person, or some hamfisted hybrid of the two — seems to have inherited that preambulatory approach, and where it lays out the equilibrium of the worldscape it seems to do so even more distinctly.

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  • The joke is that this is the usual preambulatory statement to something subtly racist or anti-semitic.

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  • Personality was shaped by socioenvironmental influences, and psychiatry had to emphasize as well the problems of the “ambulatory ill and the preambulatory ill those whose probability of breakdown is high.”

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  • Honoré hesitated, for he wanted to make a few preambulatory remarks before coming to his proposal, but as he could hit upon nothing, he made up his mind suddenly.

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  • Nothing in the plain text of the public use portion of the 5th Amendment requires that all takings be for public use — it’s only a sort of preambulatory phrase that says takings for such use must be compensated.

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