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introduction (n.)

late 14c., "act of bringing into existence," from Old French introduccion (14c.) and directly from Latin introductionem (nominative introductio) "a leading in," noun of action from past-participle stem of introducere "to lead in, bring in; introduce; found, establish; bring forward (as an assertion)," from intro- "inward, to the inside" (see intro-) + ducere "to lead" (from PIE root *deuk- "to lead").

Meanings "initial instruction in a subject" and "an introductory statement" are from mid-15c.; meaning "elementary treatise on some subject" is from 1520s. The sense of "formal presentation of one person to another" is from 1711.

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Definitions of introduction from WordNet

introduction (n.)
the act of beginning something new;
Synonyms: debut / first appearance / launching / unveiling / entry
introduction (n.)
the first section of a communication;
introduction (n.)
a basic or elementary instructional text;
introduction (n.)
a new proposal;
they resisted the introduction of impractical alternatives
introduction (n.)
the act of putting one thing into another;
Synonyms: insertion / intromission
introduction (n.)
the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;
introduction (n.)
formally making a person known to another or to the public;
Synonyms: presentation / intro
From wordnet.princeton.edu