That event was so important it requires some preliminary explanation.
All the other preliminary examinations were conducted in the same manner.
Perhaps it is even indispensable as a preliminary statement.
The preliminary, or classical examination, is usually that of university matriculation, or its equivalent.
The preliminary preparation for research of any value becomes yearly more exacting.
Several preliminary incursions had been already made, when in 1521 an opportunity presented itself for a more extended expedition.
Descartes's preliminary statement of the argument in somewhat popular form brings it very near the lines of the cosmological proof.
After some preliminary manoeuvres the two armies drew up face to face on the left bank of the Roneo, the Spanish left and the French right resting on this river.
This shows that charges, often involving preliminary imprisonment, are brought against an excessive proportion of persons who either are not or cannot be proved to be guilty.
He even details the rules to be observed for the lending and care of the books, and he had already taken the preliminary steps for the foundation.
Whilst no small amount of observational work has been done in these new branches of atmospheric electricity, the science has still not developed to a considerable extent beyond preliminary stages.
Both these methods, differing from that now employed, are interesting as preliminary steps towards the method of fluxions and the differential calculus.