- of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: the initial step in a process.
- Phonetics. occurring at the beginning of a word or syllable, as the (k) sound of kite, chasm, or quay.
- an initial letter, as of a word.
- the first letter of a proper name.
- a letter of extra size or an ornamental character used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, manuscript, or the like.
- to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.
Origin of initial
Examples from the Web for initially
Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Rather, it was the Democrats who initially were the Southern Party.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
Initially, it will be able to carry 1,000-pound satellite-guided bombs or 500-pound laser-guided weapons.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Fatima says they were initially happy when Ziad joined the army, but that feeling has utterly faded.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
They decided that, initially at least, sulfa-tetradine was a miraculous success.Mate in Two Moves
The life of reason is initially unconscious because it can learn only by living to seek a reason for life.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
It is, initially, a thing of the outward as type is a thing of the inward world.Heart of Man
George Edward Woodberry
Initially, then, every judgment is a truth-claim, and this claim is merely formal.Pragmatism
One of these assumptions is that the concrete is initially unstressed.Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design
- of, at, or concerning the beginning
- the first letter of a word, esp a person's name
- printing a large sometimes highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter or work
- botany a cell from which tissues and organs develop by division and differentiation; a meristematic cell
- (tr) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse
Word Origin and History for initially
"to mark or sign with initials," 1864, American English, from initial (n.). Related: Initialed; initialing.
"initial letter of a name or surname," 1620s, from initial (adj.) in a specialized sense "standing at the beginning of a word, sentence, etc."
1520s, "of or pertaining to a beginning," from Middle French initial or directly from Latin initialis "initial, incipient," from initium "a beginning, an entrance," from past participle stem of inire "to go into, enter upon, begin," from in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + ire "to go" (see ion).