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The preliminary ruling opens the possibility that BT may have to pay its rival millions of pounds in compensation. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The confirmation yesterday of those preliminary findings left Bupa UK fuming. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The preliminary ruling opens up the possibility that BT may have to repay Sky millions of pounds in compensation. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The preliminary agreement has already been reached. The Sun (2009)The specialists will then give the miners preliminary medical checks. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Preliminary results of a probe pointed to air in the fuel causing the engines to shut down. The Sun (2008)The second preliminary issue should be answered in the affirmative. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They can be used for both preliminary sketches and final artwork. Bennett, Darren Learn to Draw Cats (1999)The top four teams in each pool from this preliminary stage go forward to the knockout phase. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Preliminary agreements have been signed and due diligence is taking place. The Sun (2011)The company will carry out a preliminary diagnostic check for you without charge. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Eight teams contest the team final after a preliminary round. The Sun (2012)The company said that the takeover talks were at a preliminary stage. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Talks are said to be at a preliminary stage. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Contact between the two banks is at a preliminary stage and may not lead to a deal. Times, Sunday Times (2007)City sources said that any engagement between the companies was at a very preliminary stage. Times, Sunday Times (2013)More care ought to be taken defining the judicial task on determination of a preliminary issue at trial. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Preliminary results suggest it has not. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Sky released the figures a fortnight ahead of the publication of its preliminary results in an effort to highlight the operational performance. Times, Sunday Times (2007)An Italian construction group has signed a preliminary agreement to build five hospitals. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We will begin the process in earnest once we have issued our preliminary results in March. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Preliminary results said that the public liked it, it cheered them up. Christopher Ross TUNNEL VISIONS: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher (2001)Preliminary results are now ready, and the information is no surprise. Bachmann, Susan (editor) & Barth, Melinda Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)NICE has so far issued preliminary guidance that is subject to appeal. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He is a certainty to be included in the preliminary squad of up to 44 to be named on Monday week. Times, Sunday Times (2011)For all those reasons, the appeal would be allowed to the extent of setting aside the judge's determination of the preliminary issue. Times, Sunday Times (2015)

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Translations for 'preliminary'

British English: preliminary ADJECTIVE
Preliminary activities or discussions take place at the beginning of an event, often as a form of preparation.
Preliminary results show the party with 11 percent of the vote.
British English: preliminary NOUN
A preliminary is something that you do at the beginning of an activity, often as a form of preparation.
It had taken about ten minutes to cover the preliminaries.

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