[ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


introductory; initial: an initiatory step toward a treaty.
serving to initiate or admit into a society, club, etc.

Origin of initiatory

First recorded in 1605–15; initiate + -ory1
Related formsin·i·ti·a·to·ri·ly [ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-; ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /ɪˌnɪʃ i əˈtɔr ə li, -ˈtoʊr-; ɪˈnɪʃ i əˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiative
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Word Origin and History for initiatory

1610s, from Latin initiat-, stem of initiare (see initiate (v.)) + -ory.

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