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 for initial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initial \In*i"tial\, a. [L. initialis, from initium a going in,
     entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin;
     pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See Issue, and
     cf. Commence.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the
        commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial
        symptoms of a disease.
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     2. Placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a
        list or series; as, the initial letters of a name.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initial \In*i"tial\, n.
     The first letter of a word or a name.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initial \In*i"tial\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Initialed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Initialing.]
     To put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "initial":
     OK, abecedarian, aboriginal, accept, accredit, affirm, alpha,
     alphabet, alphabetize, amen, antecedent, antenatal, approve,
     authenticate, authorize, autochthonous, autograph, basic,
     beginning, breaking-in, budding, capitalize, certify, character,
     commencing, confirm, cosign, countersign, creative, earliest,
     early, elemental, elementary, embryonic, endorse, fetal, first,
     first blush, first glance, first impression, first inning,
     first lap, first move, first round, first sight, first stage,
     first step, foremost, formative, foundational, fundamental, gambit,
     germinal, gestatory, give permission, give the go-ahead,
     give the imprimatur, give thumbs up, headmost, in embryo,
     in its infancy, in the bud, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate,
     inchoative, incipient, incunabular, infant, infantile, initiative,
     initiatory, inscribe, introductory, inventive, le premier pas,
     leading, letter, maiden, mark, monogram, nascent, natal, notarize,
     opening, opening move, original, parturient, pass, pass on,
     pass upon, permit, pioneer, postnatal, pregnant, prenatal, primal,
     primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primitiveness, primitivity,
     primogenial, procreative, ratify, rubber stamp, rudimental,
     rudimentary, sanction, say amen to, seal, second, sign,
     sign and seal, subscribe to, support, swear and affirm, swear to,
     transcribe, transliterate, undersign, underwrite, ur, validate,
     visa, vise, warming-up, warrant

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INITIAL. Placed at the beginning. The initials of a man's name are the first 
  letters of his Dame; as, G. W. for George Washington. When in a will the 
  legatee is described by the initials of his name only, parol evidence may be 
  given to prove his identity. 3 Ves. 148. And a signature made simply with 
  initials is binding. 1 Denio, R. 471. But see Ersk. Inst. B. 3, t. 2, n. 8. 

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