Definitions for: Initiatory


[adj] 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"



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

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

Some initiatory treatises in the law. --Herbert.

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


In*i"ti*a*to*ry, n.
An introductory act or rite. [R.]

Synonyms: first, inaugural, initiative, maiden, opening

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