at first

at first

at first

Initially, at the start, as in At first the berries were green, but when they ripened they turned bright red. [Second half of 1500s]

Related Words for at first basically, formerly, primitively, first, primarily, incipiently, initially, originally Examples from the Web for at first Historical Examples of at first

  • Even Mr. Seward, cautious and conservative diplomat as he was, at-first “opposed any concession or surrender of the prisoners.”

    The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln

    Francis Fisher Browne

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