• WordNet 3.6
    • adj initiatory 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Initiatory An introductory act or rite.
    • Initiatory Suitable for an introduction or beginning; introductory; prefatory; as, an initiatory step.
    • Initiatory 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.""Two initiatory rites of the same general import can not exist together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • initiatory Of, pertaining to, or suitable for a beginning or introduction; introductory: as, an initiatory step.
    • initiatory Initiating or serving to initiate; introducing by instruction, or by prescribed formalities.
    • n initiatory An introductory process or form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Initiatory tending to initiate: introductory
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. initialisinitium, a beginning, inīre, inītumin, into, īre, ītum, to go.


In literature:

The temporary unions of savages for offence and defence show the initiatory steps.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
This is hailed as the initiatory step toward the withdrawal of the British protectorate.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
When Madeline entered the presence of Lucian Davlin, she took the initiatory step in the part she was henceforth to play.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
It becomes the initiatory word of an exclusive Rosicrucian order.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
In certain half-civilized tribes a higher type of initiatory ceremonies is found.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
His initiatory act was to blacken my body from the waist upward, including my face, throat, and arms.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The work undertaken by the Association of which Mr. Stanley was the agent is of a purely initiatory character.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
He was about to introduce the Stamp Act, as an initiatory measure.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
It provided for a temporary Government, as initiatory to the formation of State Governments.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
The ritual and initiatory ceremonies and obligations were never printed.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester