Part of speech: adjective

Standing at the beginning or head; first.

Part of speech: noun

The first letter of a word.

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Usage examples "initial":

  1. It should be recognized that many of the estimates for new programs recommended in this Message are initial year figures. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  2. The Projectile was now moving with great rapidity- with nothing like its initial velocity, but still eight or nine times faster than an express train. - "All Around the Moon", Jules Verne.
  3. The partial success of his Haverhill store, to an extent overbalancing the initial failure in Boston, had brought him into the metropolis of America, the city of wider, if indeed not unlimited opportunity. - "The Romance of a Great Store", Edward Hungerford.