in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry | \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-t(ə-)rē \

Definition of introductory 

: of, relating to, or being a first step that sets something going or in proper perspective an introductory course in calculus

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Other Words from introductory

introductorily \ˌin-​trə-​ˈdək-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of introductory in a Sentence

I'd like to make a few introductory remarks before we start the program. a class in introductory physics

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Butler was greeted by more than 250 employees of the Philadelphia 76ers at his introductory news conference at the team’s practice facility Tuesday. Rob Maaddi, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Butler ready to ‘grind’ and work hard in Philly," 13 Nov. 2018 Like most Defense Distributed employees, little is known about Heindorff even after her introductory press conference. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Cody Wilson was Defense Distributed—so who is the organization’s new leader?," 6 Oct. 2018 But in June, traders themselves were offered a three-day introductory course in Python, a coding language. Liz Hoffman And Telis Demos, WSJ, "Wall Street Erases the Line Between Its Jocks and Nerds," 18 Aug. 2018 Our introductory mediation course for professionals lays out a multi-step process to settle disputes without going to court. Steven P. Dinkin,, "A wedding gift from a teenage photographer," 17 June 2018 The median grades awarded in introductory level courses at the same university can differ by more than a letter grade. Tom Solomon, Washington Post, "GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.," 15 June 2018 The first group of 12 is getting college credit for an introductory teaching course; an additional 26 are being mentored by Ms. Rinaldi’s Lasell students. John Hanc, New York Times, "Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning," 5 Apr. 2018 Unlike previous introductory meetings, when her heart wasn't in it, Claire takes in every word during this education session about lung transplants. Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "Search for new lungs begins with changed heart," 23 May 2018 Turner gave introductory remarks and then encouraged commission members to sign a banner to the Galveston County community that hung in the lobby of City Hall. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Turner kicks off gun violence commission at Houston City Hall," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of introductory

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of introductory was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of introductory

: providing information about someone who is about to speak, perform, etc., or something that is about to begin

: providing basic information about a subject

: intended to attract customers when a new product, service, etc., is introduced


in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry | \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-tə-rē \

Kids Definition of introductory

: serving to introduce : preliminary an introductory lesson

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