[ in-truh-duhk-tuh-ree ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈdʌk tə ri /


serving or used to introduce; preliminary; beginning: an introductory course; an introductory paragraph.


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Sometimes in·tro·duc·tive.

Origin of introductory

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin intrōductōrius, equivalent to Latin intrōduc-, variant stem of intrōdūcere (see introduce) + -tōrius -tory1

SYNONYMS FOR introductory

OTHER WORDS FROM introductory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for introductive

/ (ˌɪntrəˈdʌktərɪ, -trɪ) /


serving as an introduction; preliminary; prefatory

Derived forms of introductory

introductorily, adverbintroductoriness, noun
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