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prolegomenous

[proh-li-gom-uh-nuh s] /ˌproʊ lɪˈgɒm ə nəs/
adjective
1.
prefatory; preliminary; introductory.
2.
characterized by unnecessary or lengthy prologuizing.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; prolegomen(on) + -ous
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