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Definition of Initial


  1. Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial symptoms of a disease.
  2. Placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a list or series; as, the initial letters of a name.
  3. The first letter of a word or a name.
  4. To put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials.

Initial Quotations

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
Emily Dickinson

A deadly sins addendum is long overdue. Life has changed since Pope Gregory the Great scribbled his initial list in the sixth century.
P. J. O'Rourke

All of us are living with dogmas that we accept as truths. When one of these is overturned, there's an initial gasp, soon followed by a rush of exhilaration.
Deepak Chopra

I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
Paul Cezanne
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Initial Translations

initial in Afrikaans is voorletter
initial in Dutch is initiaal, voorletter
initial in Italian is iniziale
initial in Norwegian is forbokstav, begynnelses-
initial in Portuguese is inicial
initial in Spanish is primitivo, inicial
initial in Swedish is begynnelsebokstav, inledande

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