preliminary

Definitions

General English

Banking

  • adjective early, happening before anything else

Economics

  • With reference to a tariff or other trade barrier applied as a result of administered protection, this refers to a barrier imposed part way through the administrative process, as opposed to the definitive barrier that is imposed when the administrative process is complete.

Law

  • adjective happening before other things as an introduction or in preparation

Politics

  • adjective happening at an early stage in a process

Sports

  • noun a sporting contest held before the main event, especially in boxing or wrestling
  • noun an eliminatory contest staged to select the finalists in a sporting competition
http://www.dictionarycentral.com/definition/preliminary.html