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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: initialis, from initium 'beginning', from inire 'to go in', from ire 'to go'

initial

1 adjective
     
i‧ni‧tial1 W2 [only before noun]
happening at the beginning [= first]:
an initial investment of £5000
initial stage/phase/period
the initial stages of the disease
The initial response has been encouraging.

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