Definitions For Preliminary


  • Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
  • A minor match preceding the main event
  • Something that comes first in order to prepare for or introduce the main part of something else
  • A game that is played before the main part of a competition to decide which players or teams will be allowed to continue playing


  • Denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important

Is Preliminary a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

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Words with Friends

The word Preliminary is worth 18 points in Scrabble and 21 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Preliminary in a Sentence

  • A meeting to discuss seating arrangements that was merely a preliminary to the formal negotiating sessions
  • Preliminary findings show that the drug could help patients with skin cancer.
  • The team was eliminated in the preliminary round of the tournament.
  • Research that is preliminary to the study

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