One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Serving as a prelude or introduction; preliminary.
preparatory, introductory, initial, opening, prefatory, prior, preceding, lead-in, initiatory, precursoryView synonyms
- ‘The prelusive drumroll lasted for more than 11 months.’
- ‘It was the brilliant flow of ideas exhibited by a mind in the inflamed state of activity which is often prelusive of actual delirium.’
- ‘Hepzibah involuntarily though of the ghostly harmonies, prelusive of death in the family, which were attributed to the legendary Alice.’
- ‘I have raised myself many enemies among the atheists by my prelusive skirmishes.’
- ‘Hence it follows that Shaftesbury's work is entirely prelusive to Schiller's.’
Early 17th century: from Latin praelus- ‘played beforehand’ (from the verb praeludere) + -ive.
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