introductory

[in-truh-duhk-tuh-ree]
adjective
serving or used to introduce; preliminary; beginning: an introductory course; an introductory paragraph.
Also, introductive.


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

introductorily, adverb
introductoriness, noun
subintroductive, adjective
subintroductory, adjective
unintroductive, adjective
unintroductory, adjective


See preliminary.
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introductory (ˌɪntrəˈdʌktərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
serving as an introduction; preliminary; prefatory
 
intro'ductorily
 
adv
 
intro'ductoriness
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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