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[in-truh-duhk-tuh-ree] /ˌɪn trəˈdʌk tə ri/
serving or used to introduce; preliminary; beginning:
an introductory course; an introductory paragraph.
Origin of introductory
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin intrōductōrius, equivalent to Latin intrōduc-, variant stem of intrōdūcere (see introduce) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
introductorily, adverb
introductoriness, noun
subintroductive, adjective
subintroductory, adjective
unintroductive, adjective
unintroductory, adjective
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  • Meanwhile publishers have moved to offer introductory discounts on some books.
  • For example, an instructor's reaction to students' questions in an introductory course.
  • Here's an introductory sample of the range of arguments, after two crucial stage-setting explanations.
  • It always astonishes me that this isn't drilled into graduate students as part of an introductory course.
  • My job is to open the conference with an introductory talk that hits on some of the big questions.
  • After the introductory offer period, prices on future billing periods may be higher.
  • More than a third of consumers pick one credit card over another based on which issuer has the lowest introductory interest rate.
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  • Students were graduating as paralegals who could barely complete an introductory college essay.
  • But if you fail to pay the balance before the introductory offer expires, you could end up with even more debt.
British Dictionary definitions for introductory


/ˌɪntrəˈdʌktərɪ; -trɪ/
serving as an introduction; preliminary; prefatory
Derived Forms
introductorily, adverb
introductoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for introductory

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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