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[in-truh-duhk-tuh-ree] /ˌɪn trəˈdʌk tə ri/
serving or used to introduce; preliminary; beginning:
an introductory course; an introductory paragraph.
Sometimes, introductive.
Origin of introductory
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin intrōductōrius, equivalent to Latin intrōduc-, variant stem of intrōdūcere (see introduce) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
introductorily, adverb
introductoriness, noun
subintroductive, adjective
subintroductory, adjective
unintroductive, adjective
unintroductory, adjective Unabridged
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  • This was the introductory act to a drama where peace and war were blended.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • It is possible to over-emphasize the idea of thoroughness in the introductory courses.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Is the "research" man the best teacher for the introductory courses?

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • These problems relate particularly to the introductory courses.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • In a few places, elementary or introductory courses are open to freshmen.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for introductory


/ˌɪntrəˈdʌktərɪ; -trɪ/
serving as an introduction; preliminary; prefatory
Derived Forms
introductorily, adverb
introductoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for introductory

c.1600, from Late Latin introductorius, from introduct-, past participle stem of introducere "to lead in, bring in" (see introduction). Also used in English from c.1400 as a noun meaning "introductory treatise or textbook."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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