Definition of introductory in US English:

introductory

adjective

  • 1Serving as an introduction to a subject or topic; basic or preliminary.

    ‘an introductory course in Russian’
    • ‘Instead of the standard two years of philosophy, I have done just one as well as introductory courses in theology.’
    • ‘It was then agreed to try to arrange an introductory course in the locality.’
    • ‘This introductory course will explore many of the topics that were touched on above.’
    • ‘If you've never read about this sort of thing, this is a good basic introductory article.’
    • ‘The introductory chapters are simply written and clearly illustrated.’
    • ‘The problems were addressed in an introductory graduate level econometrics course.’
    • ‘There is also a short introductory chapter dealing with nuisance aquatic plants of the region.’
    • ‘There's a chapter in every introductory economics textbook about innovation and competition.’
    • ‘This course will be an ideal one to complement the Centre's recently run introductory course on beekeeping.’
    • ‘On Tuesdays there are Meditation classes in the morning and an introductory course in Yoga in the evening.’
    • ‘The introductory chapters are limited, focusing on key principles only.’
    • ‘Anyone who hasn't been on the programme before can attend an introductory course starting at 3pm on Sunday.’
    • ‘It's easy enough, it's a basic introductory essay to the topic so the tutor can assess our skills.’
    • ‘In many ways, I wish this chapter had been the introductory chapter for the book.’
    • ‘Section 1 includes two introductory chapters that provide a suitable opening to the book.’
    • ‘During my sophomore year of college I took an introductory acting course as an elective.’
    • ‘Safe storage of weapons is part and parcel of introductory training at the basic police academy level.’
    • ‘The introductory and overview chapters of the three volumes are alone worth the price of purchase.’
    • ‘An introductory course in First Aid will also be added to the expanding subject choices in October.’
    • ‘Biotechnology education could begin at the university level with a basic introductory course.’
    opening, initial, starting, commencing, initiatory, first, earliest
    elementary, basic, rudimentary, fundamental
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    1. 1.1 Intended to persuade someone to purchase something for the first time.
      ‘we are making a special introductory offer of a reduced subscription’
      • ‘There are a lot of suppliers competing for your pounds, some of whom offer head-turning introductory offers.’
      • ‘As everything is all so new, the hotel is temporarily offering a range of special introductory packages.’
      • ‘If there's no introductory offer for new purchases then don't use the card to buy things.’
      • ‘Visitors are advised to watch out for new hotels that run introductory offers.’
      • ‘Are customers still benefiting from that special introductory rate on purchases?’
      • ‘After all, they offered me a gold card and an attractive introductory rate of interest.’
      • ‘This has been moved from card to card to take advantage of introductory offers.’
      • ‘As an introductory offer, electronic cards are being offered free of subscription fee for the first year.’
      • ‘Customers who sign up will pay €30 per month after the introductory offer ends.’
      • ‘Right now, this is an academic issue, because as an introductory offer, all public Ready to Surf points are free to wireless users.’
      • ‘The high rate is not intended as an introductory offer, according to the company, and it says the rate is made possible by a low cost base.’
      • ‘It's available now, at an introductory offer of £40 per person for bed and breakfast.’
      • ‘Dozens of cards offer no-interest introductory rates on balance transfers, with the longest deals lasting for up to a year.’
      • ‘Dozens of credit card companies offer special zero interest introductory periods.’
      • ‘I've decided to waive the cost of this initial consignment as a introductory offer.’
      • ‘It entices customers in with a market-beating introductory offer that rises after six months or so.’
      • ‘Hey, check out this Internet thing and see what all the fuss is about with a free introductory offer from Her Majesty's Government.’
      • ‘Olive decides to switch to a card that charges no interest on purchases for an introductory period.’
      • ‘If you can, apply for one of the many cards offering an introductory interest-free period on transfers.’
      • ‘This software will have a place for your cyber guests to register and to receive an introductory offer.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun denoting an introductory text): from late Latin introductorius, from Latin introducere (see introduce).

Pronunciation

introductory

/ˌintrəˈdəkt(ə)rē//ˌɪntrəˈdəkt(ə)ri/