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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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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24 Jun 2020

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“Introductory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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