initially

adverb
ini·​tial·​ly | \ i-ˈni-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce initially (audio) \

Definition of initially

: at the beginning : at first The reason I initially came here was to find work. It turned out that the situation was not as serious as we had initially believed. Initially, the symptoms are mild.

First Known Use of initially

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of initially was circa 1628

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“Initially.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/initially. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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