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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

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

A successful entrepreneur can't be afraid of failures or setbacks. An initial setback can be a great opportunity to take a new and more promising approach to any problem, to come back stronger than ever.
John Roos

No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Hannah Arendt

Hoping they'd been inspired by the examples of Anne Frank and other teens who had turned negative experiences into something positive by writing about them, I handed out notebooks for my students to journal about their lives. There was some initial resistance. But then the stories poured out of them, full of anger and sadness.
Erin Gruwell

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