ini·​tia·​to·​ry i-ˈni-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce initiatory (audio)
: constituting a beginning
initiatory proceedings
: tending or serving to initiate
initiatory rites

Examples of initiatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the stars of cardinal and initiatory Aries, Jupiter’s energy is renewed and redirected. Gala Mukomolova,, 29 Dec. 2021 Fearing an imminent barbaric invasion, Candelaria flees from her father and a chaotic, brutal regime, while undertaking an initiatory trip to unveil the truth about love and this menace. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 2 Oct. 2021 Virgins should also be required to recite Burning Man’s 10 Principles during this initiatory moment. Samantha Krukowski, Fortune, 5 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of initiatory was circa 1615

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“Initiatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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