in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry ˌin-trə-ˈdək-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce introductory (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a first step that sets something going or in proper perspective
an introductory course in calculus
introductorily 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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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of introductory was in 1605

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“Introductory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry ˌin-trə-ˈdək-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce introductory (audio)
: serving to introduce
introductorily adverb

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