initiatory

[ ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪˈnɪʃ i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

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

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Origin of initiatory

First recorded in 1605–15; initiate + -ory1

OTHER WORDS FROM initiatory

in·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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British Dictionary definitions for initiatory

initiatory
/ (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌətərɪ) /

adjective

of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiative
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