adjective pref·a·to·ry \ˈpre-fə-ˌtȯr-ē\
: included at the beginning of a book, speech, etc., as an introduction
Full Definition of PREFATORY
1: of, relating to, or constituting a preface <prefatory remarks>
2: located in front
Examples of PREFATORY
- The speaker made some prefatory remarks.
- Each chapter in the book has a prefatory quotation.
Origin of PREFATORY Latin praefari
First Known Use: 1675
Related to PREFATORY
beginning, introductory, precursory, preliminary, prelim, prelusive, preparative, preparatory, primary