- introductory; initial: an initiatory step toward a treaty.
- serving to initiate or admit into a society, club, etc.
Origin of initiatory
Related Words for initiatoryantecedent, basic, earliest, early, elementary, embryonic, first, foremost, fundamental, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, incipient, infant, initial, initiative, introductory, leading, leadoff, opening
Examples from the Web for initiatory
Historical Examples of initiatory
It becomes the initiatory word of an exclusive Rosicrucian order.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Sacramentum was here the word for the initiatory rites 465of a grade.The Religious Experience of the Roman People
W. Warde Fowler
These tribes practise the Bora rites or initiatory mysteries.Magic and Religion
These were but initiatory to the great drama now commencing.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
It provided for a temporary Government, as initiatory to the formation of State Governments.
- of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiative