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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Introductory; initial.
  • adj. Tending or used to initiate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to initiation
  • adj. inceptive, initial, inaugural or introductory
  • n. An introductory act or rite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suitable for an introduction or beginning; introductory; prefatory.
  • adj. Tending or serving to initiate; introducing by instruction, or by the use and application of symbols or ceremonies; elementary; rudimentary.
  • n. An introductory act or rite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or suitable for a beginning or introduction; introductory: as, an initiatory step.
  • Initiating or serving to initiate; introducing by instruction, or by prescribed formalities.
  • n. An introductory process or form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving to set in motion

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