initiatory

adjective
ini·​tia·​to·​ry | \ i-ˈni-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce initiatory (audio) \

Definition of initiatory

1 : constituting a beginning initiatory proceedings
2 : tending or serving to initiate initiatory rites

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Recent Examples on the Web Virgins should also be required to recite Burning Man’s 10 Principles during this initiatory moment. Samantha Krukowski, Fortune, "7 Ways to Stop Burning Man From Burning Out," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of initiatory

circa 1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Initiatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/initiatory. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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