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[ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. introductory; initial: an initiatory step toward a treaty.
  2. serving to initiate or admit into a society, club, etc.
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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
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Related Words for initiatory

antecedent, basic, earliest, early, elementary, embryonic, first, foremost, fundamental, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, incipient, infant, initial, initiative, introductory, leading, leadoff, opening

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British Dictionary definitions for initiatory


  1. 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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