noun in·cep·tion \in-ˈsep-shən\

: the time at which something begins

Full Definition of INCEPTION

:  an act, process, or instance of beginning :  commencement

Examples of INCEPTION

  1. The project has been shrouded in controversy from its inception.
  2. Since its inception, the business has expanded to become a national retail chain.
  3. We'll assist you at every stage from inception to completion.


Middle English incepcion, from Latin inception-, inceptio, from incipere to begin, from in- + capere to take
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of INCEPTION

origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being <an investigation into the origin of baseball>. source applies more often to the point where something springs into being <the source of the Nile> <the source of recurrent trouble>. inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes <the business has been a success since its inception>. root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned <the real root of the violence>.


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