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Wordnet 3.0


1. serving to set in motion;
- Example: "the magazine's inaugural issue"
- Example: "the initiative phase in the negotiations"
- Example: "an initiatory step toward a treaty"
- Example: "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"
- Example: "the liner's maiden voyage"
[syn: inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden]

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4 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 v.0.48:

Initiatory \In*i"ti*a*to*ry\, n. An introductory act or rite. [R.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

initiatory adj 1: serving to set in motion; "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage" [syn: inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maiden]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "initiatory": abecedarian, aboriginal, antecedent, antenatal, anterior, autochthonous, autodidactic, baptismal, beginning, budding, chief, coeducational, creative, cultural, didactic, disciplinary, edifying, educating, educational, educative, elemental, elementary, embryonic, enlightening, exhortatory, exordial, fetal, first, foremost, formative, foundational, fundamental, gestatory, headmost, homiletic, hortatory, illuminating, in embryo, in its infancy, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, inchoative, incipient, incunabular, infant, infantile, informative, initial, initiative, instructive, introductive, introductory, inventive, leading, lecturing, nascent, natal, original, parturient, postnatal, preaching, precedent, preceding, preceptive, precessional, precursory, prefatory, pregnant, preliminary, preludial, prelusive, prenatal, preparatory, prevenient, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, prior, procreative, proemial, propaedeutic, rudimental, rudimentary, self-teaching, teaching, tuitionary, ur