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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or constituting a preface; introductory. synonym: preliminary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging to a preface; serving as or resembling a preface; introductory.
  • Synonyms Introductory, preliminary, precursory, preparatory. See introduction.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a preface; introductory to a book, essay, or discourse.

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

  • adjective introductory, preliminary, serving as a prelude or preface.

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

  • adjective serving as an introduction or preface

Etymologies

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

[From Latin praefātus, past participle of praefārī, to say before; see preface.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1670s, from Medieval Latin *praefator +‎ -ory (“agent”), from Medieval Latin prefatia (whence preface), for classical Latin praefatio ("a saying beforehand") – see preface for details.

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