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introductory

[in-truh-duhk-tuh-ree]
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsin·tro·duc·to·ri·ly, adverbin·tro·duc·to·ri·ness, nounsub·in·tro·duc·tive, adjectivesub·in·tro·duc·to·ry, adjectiveun·in·tro·duc·tive, adjectiveun·in·tro·duc·to·ry, adjective

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  • This was the introductory act to a drama where peace and war were blended.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • Is the "research" man the best teacher for the introductory courses?

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • In a few places, elementary or introductory courses are open to freshmen.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • These problems relate particularly to the introductory courses.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • It is possible to over-emphasize the idea of thoroughness in the introductory courses.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper


British Dictionary definitions for introductory

introductory

adjective
  1. serving as an introduction; preliminary; prefatory
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Derived Formsintroductorily, adverbintroductoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for introductory

adj.

c.1600, from Late Latin introductorius, from introduct-, past participle stem of introducere "to lead in, bring in" (see introduction). Also used in English from c.1400 as a noun meaning "introductory treatise or textbook."

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