preliminary study meaning, preliminary study 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.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
The study of human action and conduct.
n.
a field of study searching for ways to prevent global warming by deliberately changing Earth's natural system

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