Definition of Initiation

1. Noun. A formal entry into an organization or position or office. "He gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"

2. Noun. The act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new. "The foundation of a new scientific society"

3. Noun. Wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge. "His dullness was due to lack of initiation"

4. Noun. An act that sets in motion some course of events.
Exact synonyms: Induction, Trigger
Generic synonyms: Causation, Causing
Specialized synonyms: Fomentation, Instigation
Derivative terms: Induce, Induct, Initiate, Initiate, Trigger

Definition of Initiation

1. n. The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into business, literature, etc.

Definition of Initiation

1. Noun. The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into business, literature, etc. ¹

2. Noun. The form or ceremony by which a person is introduced into any society; mode of entrance into an organized body; especially, the rite of admission into a secret society or order. ¹

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Definition of Initiation

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Medical Definition of Initiation

1. 1. The first stage of tumour induction by a carcinogen; subtle alteration of cells by exposure to a carcinogenic agent so that they are likely to form a tumour upon subsequent exposure to a promoting agent (promotion). 2. Starting point of replication or translation in macromolecule biosynthesis. 3. Start of chemical or enzymatic reaction. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Initiation

initiating codon
initiation (current term)
initiation ceremonies
initiation ceremony
initiation codon
initiation complex
initiation factor
initiation factors
initiation tRNA

Literary usage of Initiation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Between 1974 and 1985, smoking initiation declined from 45 to 33 percent among young men but remained constant at 34 percent among young women (Fiore et al. ..."

2. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1917)
"rather than the position which it takes here, that the initiation is a matter of essence of the contract with the head camp. If this is true, then the local ..."

3. Technologies for Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse and Addiction by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"(In some cases, too, such groups and subcultures may provide the impetus for the initiation of use as well.) Such social and cultural environments encourage ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"initiation Md The devout and fearless curiosity of Julian tempted the c ... He obtained the privilege of a solemn initiation into the mysteries of Eleusis, ..."

5. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1915)
"This report, however, on the initiation of development in Nereis by heat has, I think, special significance. The results here offered require an ..."

6. Sectarianism and Religious Persecution in China: A Page in the History of by Jan Jakob Maria Groot (1903)
"Theoretically, the initiation should take place in full assembly in the ... The initiation-ritual as performed in optima forma in the meeting-halls, ..."

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