Etymology
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introductory (adj.)

c. 1600, from Late Latin introductorius, from introduct-, past participle stem of Latin introducere "to lead in, bring in" (see introduction). Also used in English from c. 1400 as a noun meaning "introductory treatise or textbook."

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Definitions of introductory

introductory (adj.)
serving to open or begin;
began the slide show with some introductory remarks
introductory (adj.)
serving as a base or starting point;
an introductory art course
Synonyms: basic
introductory (adj.)
serving as an introduction or preface;
Synonyms: prefatorial / prefatory
From wordnet.princeton.edu