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initial (adj.)

1520s, "of or pertaining to a beginning," from French initial or directly from Latin initialis "initial, incipient, of the beginning," from initium "a beginning, a commencement; an entrance, a going in," noun use of neuter past participle of inire "to go into, enter upon, begin," from in- "into, in" (from PIE root *en "in") + ire "to go" (from PIE root *ei- "to go"). Related: Initially.

initial (v.)

"to mark or sign with initials," 1837, from initial (n.). Related: Initialed; initialing.

initial (n.)

"initial letter of a name or surname," 1620s, from initial (adj.) in a specialized sense "standing at the beginning of a word, sentence, etc." (1620s).

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Definitions of initial from WordNet
1
initial (v.)
mark with one's initials;
2
initial (n.)
the first letter of a word (especially a person's name);
he refused to put the initials FRS after his name
3
initial (adj.)
occurring at the beginning;
took the initial step toward reconciliation
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