prefatory

[pref-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a preface: prefatory explanations.
Also, prefatorial.


Origin:
1665–75; < Latin praefāt() preface + -ory1

prefatorily, adverb
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prefatory or prefatorial (ˈprɛfətərɪ, -trɪ, ˌprɛfəˈtɔːrɪəl)
 
adj
of, involving, or serving as a preface; introductory
 
[C17: from Latin praefārī to say in advance; see preface]
 
prefatorial or prefatorial
 
adj
 
[C17: from Latin praefārī to say in advance; see preface]
 
'prefatorily or prefatorial
 
adv
 
prefa'torially or prefatorial
 
adv

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