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

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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introductorily \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈdək-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce introductorily (audio) \ 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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Since the launch of a pilot program in 2017, some high-school seniors in Helena with low ACT scores in math can now take an introductory college-level math class that reviews high-school concepts and incorporates essentials skills. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Benefits of Starting College Early—in High School," 10 Feb. 2019 Some of the notes in the room weren’t far from what you’d expect in any introductory art class. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018 Its introductory cutscene shows a Colonel Campbell-like character making a slow-motion, multi-camera cut jump from an airplane just to grab a cup of coffee. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 Minimize with Purpose, a platinum consultant — the second highest tier — starts at $3,000 for an introductory package, which includes six tidying sessions. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the KonMari Method? Here's How to Declutter the Marie Kondo Way," 11 Jan. 2019 In the finale, with its imposing introductory organ chord and successive fireworks, the Rodgers conveys sufficient volume but lacks overall richness, depth and floor-rattling impact. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Uncertain Tempo," 31 Dec. 2018 The experiment has been included in many, many introductory psychology textbooks and is often cited uncritically. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 During the rally, interested junior- and senior-level students were invited to attend an introductory workshop. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Capitol Music Group Graduates Inaugural Bonus Tracks Class," 8 June 2018 All routes are slated to begin in June 2019 and, as is usual with new routes, come with low introductory prices. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Flights to Lisbon from $539 Round-Trip," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of introductory

1605, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce introductory (audio) \

Kids Definition of introductory

: serving to introduce : preliminary an introductory lesson

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