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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ini·tia·to·ry /ɪˈnɪʃ(i)əˌtori, ˌtɔr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·i·ti·a·to·ry a.
 1. Suitable for an introduction or beginning; introductory; prefatory; as, an initiatory step.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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" [syn: inaugural, initiative, first, maiden]