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initiatory

[ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪˈnɪʃ i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
introductory; initial:
an initiatory step toward a treaty.
2.
serving to initiate or admit into a society, club, etc.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; initiate + -ory1
Related forms
initiatorily
[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-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for initiatory

initiatory

/ɪˈnɪʃɪˌətərɪ/
adjective
1.
of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiative
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Word Origin and History for initiatory
adj.

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

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