Initiatory
Initiatory In*i"ti*a*to*ry, a. 1. Suitable for an introduction or beginning; introductory; prefatory; as, an initiatory step. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

2. Tending or serving to initiate; introducing by instruction, or by the use and application of symbols or ceremonies; elementary; rudimentary. [1913 Webster]

Some initiatory treatises in the law. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Two initiatory rites of the same general import can not exist together. --J. M. Mason. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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