Definition of prefatory in US English:



  • Serving as an introduction; introductory.

    ‘the poet makes this clear in a prefatory note on the text’
    • ‘The Amendment's prefatory clause, properly understood, is fully consistent with this interpretation.’
    • ‘As Nelson writes in a prefatory note, ‘A requiem, by definition, is sad; the person it honors has died.’’
    • ‘It's a book that's always beginning, where everything is introductory, liminal, prefatory.’
    • ‘‘I am neither a historian nor a lawyer,’ Malkin reminds her reader in the book's prefatory note.’
    • ‘After a prefatory reference to the ‘inherent dignity’ of all human beings, the Universal Declaration simply declares certain values to be human rights.’
    introductory, preliminary, opening, initial, preparatory, explanatory, lead-in, initiatory, precursory, prior, antecedent
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