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English word initial comes from Latin ire, Latin ingratus (Thankless. Ungrateful. Unpleasant, disagreeable.).

Initial etymology ?

Initial detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ire Latin (lat)
ingratus Latin (lat) Thankless. Ungrateful. Unpleasant, disagreeable.
ineo Latin (lat) (transitive, by extension, followed by the accusative) I take up (an office, position).. I begin (a certain activity, enterprise, business).. I enter, go into.. I have intercourse.
inire Latin (lat)
initium Latin (lat) Beginning.
initialis Latin (lat) Initial, first, incipient.
initial English (eng) (phonology) onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology.. (typesetting, calligraphy) A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.. In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit. The first letter of a word or a name. (transitive) to sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature [...]

Words with the same origin as initial

Descendants of ire
circuit commence initiation initiative issue itinerary obituary transit