Definition of initial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

initial

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃl//
 
 
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 [only before noun] happening at the beginning; first an initial payment of £60 and ten instalments of £25 in the initial stages (= at the beginning) of the campaign My initial reaction was to decline the offer. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin initialis, from initium ‘beginning’, from inire ‘go in’, from in- ‘into’ + ire ‘go’.Extra examples After some initial hesitation, teachers seem to have accepted the new system. After the initial surprise I got to like the place. By 1960 the initial optimism had evaporated. His initial surge of euphoria was quickly followed by dismay. Initial failure was followed by unexpected, if modest, success. It is the initial preparation that takes the time. My initial response was one of anger. My initial scepticism was replaced with respectful admiration. There is an initial payment of £60 followed by ten instalments of £25. When the initial shock had worn off, I got used to the situation. in the initial stages of the campaign somebody’s initial response/​impression/​instinct/​shock/​surprise/​enthusiasm/​euphoria/​excitement/​scepticism/​reluctance the initial investment/​payment/​outlay the initial stage/​phase/​step/​planning/​preparation
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