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initial

adjective basic, beginning, commencing, early, elementary, embryonic, first, fundamental, inaugural, inchoate, incipient, initiative, initiatory, introductory, leading, maiden, nascent, opening, original, prefatory, primal, primary, primus, pristine, rudimentary, starting
Associated concepts: initial carrier, initial fault, initial license, initial loss, initial payment, initial pleading, initial stage of a proceeding
See also: designation, first appearance, inchoate, incipient, indorse, original, preliminary, preparatory, previous, primary, prime, rudimentary, sign, symbol, unprecedented

INITIAL. Placed at the beginning. The initials of a man's name are the first letters of his Dame; as, G. W. for George Washington. When in a will the legatee is described by the initials of his name only, parol evidence may be given to prove his identity. 3 Ves. 148. And a signature made simply with initials is binding. 1 Denio, R. 471. But see Ersk. Inst. B. 3, t. 2, n. 8.

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The projectile ought to be propelled with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards per second.
We have not so far considered what is the nature of the initial stimulus to a behaviour-cycle.
You have only to put faint pencil-marks against the tenderest passages in your favourite new poet, and lend the volume to Her, and She has only to leave here and there the dropped violet of a timid confirmatory initial, for you to know your fate.
That is evident," replied Nicholl; "and we must conclude that our initial speed, under the power of the 400,000 pounds of gun-cotton, must have exceeded the required 12,000 yards.