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1Relating to or marking the beginning of something; initial.‘the inceptive period of the program’
beginning, opening, commencing, starting, inceptive, embryonic, fledgling
- ‘After quick cooling down, the inceptive sunshade curtain is set to a curled finished sunshade curtain.’
- ‘And this is also true of the person who relies for his inceptive right upon a filing.’
- ‘And of course the most outstanding example of an inceptive cyborg where mind and matter are linked into one functional device is a living biological system.’
- ‘Skinner's Original Pirate Material isn't inceptive but inventive, and he's asking for the same from more of his contemporaries.’
- ‘Up to now, the inceptive style of Chicano performance art has typically been identified with Luis Valdez's Teatro Campesino.’
- 1.1Grammar (of a verb) expressing the beginning of an action.
- ‘Many of the most frequently used verbs in English are merely inceptive variants of other common verbs.’
- ‘In colloquial use, this affix may be appended to the inceptive copulas and to verbs as well, though this is considered uneducated.’
- ‘This same phrase is repeated later in but with an inceptive prefix emphasizing the inchoative sense.’
An inceptive verb.‘These verbs are in the literature referred to as ‘inceptives’.’‘The logical subject was marked nominative with intransitives, inceptives and verbs of motion.’
Early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin inceptivus, from incept- ‘begun’, from the verb incipere.
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