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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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 The first part, which took place on July 12, focused on introductory skills involved in grant writing and searching for opportunities. Dan White,, "Lauderhill grant writing seminar aims to education community organizations," 13 July 2018 Some introductory text or explanatory narration would have better helped historically ground viewers, who need to juggle a lot of information. Kimberly Reed, New York Times, "Review: Tracking ‘Dark Money’ in Montana Elections," 12 July 2018 Rates lower than that tend to be introductory rates in effect for a limited period of time. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Students aren't the only ones crushed by school debt," 11 July 2018 This introductory tutorial will teach the basics of the program through a free trial. Allison Hagan,, "Business agenda," 5 July 2018 A day after the draft, the center from Texas A&M admitted to sleeping through his introductory conference call with the Boston Celtics, the team that drafted him at No. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Former Aggies star Robert Williams already revealing 'character concerns' with Celtics," 2 July 2018 Moner dove into the dark role, enthusiastically throwing punches in an introductory scene – a playground brawl with another student at a prestigious school – that illustrates Reyes' feisty demeanor. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Isabela Moner will transform from 'Sicario' brawler to Latina heroine 'Dora the Explorer'," 27 June 2018 The nonprofit paddling community offers kayaking and canoeing classes that span anywhere from seven hours to two days in length, and include introductory whitewater options, too. Grace Dickinson,, "Where to rent and use kayaks and canoes in and near Philadelphia," 22 June 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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