Initial (not comparable)
- Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin
- Our initial admiration for their efficiency gave way to disgust about their methods
- The initial stages of a syndrome may differ vastly from the final symptoms
- Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word
NounInitial (plural Initials)
- The first letter of a word or a name.
- In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit
- You can get your initials printed at the top.
- (typography, calligraphy) A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.
- (transitive) To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature.
- Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom.
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- Initial in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Initial in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Initial at OneLook Dictionary Search