preliminary negotiations meaning, preliminary negotiations definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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preliminary  

  ( preliminaries    plural  )
1       adj   Preliminary activities or discussions take place at the beginning of an event, often as a form of preparation.  
usu ADJ n  
Preliminary results show the Republican party with 11 percent of the vote..., Preliminary talks on the future of the bases began yesterday.     
2       n-count   A preliminary is something that you do at the beginning of an activity, often as a form of preparation.  
oft N to n/-ing  
A background check is normally a preliminary to a presidential appointment.     
3       n-count   A preliminary is the first part of a competition to see who will go on to the main competition.  
The winner of each preliminary goes through to the final.     
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n.
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
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