One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Serving as an introduction; introductory.‘in his prefatory remarks the author claims that …’
introductory, preliminary, opening, initial, preparatory, explanatory, lead-in, initiatory, precursory, prior, antecedentView synonyms
- ‘After a prefatory reference to the ‘inherent dignity’ of all human beings, the Universal Declaration simply declares certain values to be human rights.’
- ‘‘I am neither a historian nor a lawyer,’ Malkin reminds her reader in the book's prefatory note.’
- ‘It's a book that's always beginning, where everything is introductory, liminal, prefatory.’
- ‘As Nelson writes in a prefatory note, ‘A requiem, by definition, is sad; the person it honors has died.’’
- ‘The Amendment's prefatory clause, properly understood, is fully consistent with this interpretation.’
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