initial - definition and synonyms

adjective [only before noun] 

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  1. happening at the beginning of a process, or when you first see or hear about something
    initial stage/phase:

    At the initial stage of the project not everyone had access to a computer.

    initial reaction/response/impression:

    My initial reaction was to panic.

    1. a.
      used about the first of several things

      There is an initial charge of twenty pounds.