ini·​tia·​to·​ry | \i-ˈni-sh(ē-)ə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of initiatory 

1 : constituting a beginning initiatory proceedings

2 : tending or serving to initiate initiatory rites

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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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